Newsletter | July 2019
  The 10th Regional GRIHA Summit, with the theme- Transformation strategies for the built environment

The 10th Regional GRIHA Summit, with the theme- Transformation strategies for the built environment was aligned to focus on a pragmatic approach toward incorporating sustainability initiatives into functional public buildings. The one day summit created an opportunity to embark on multi-stakeholder partnerships; served as a platform for knowledge sharing among different domains of the green building industry and facilitated networking opportunities among over two hundred and thirty participants representing government, academia, civil society organizations, architecture, engineering, and construction management sector.

The event was preceded by a three day training program and a workshop dealing with the utilization of bamboo as a building material. On the 14th of June 2019, Shri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transportation and Highways of India & Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Government of India, inaugurated the curtain raiser for the Summit and presented awards to projects and individuals that had displayed extraordinary efforts toward the successful completion of the first phase of the PWD-GRIHA Green Building Initiative. In addition to delivering a powerful address reiterating his commitment toward sustainable development goals, the minister interacted with students of the Institute of Design Education and Architectural Studies and representatives of product manufacture working in the sustainable construction space. The main event, held on 15th of June, hosted distinguished representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities Council of India, Maharashtra Energy Development Agency and the Public Works Department (PWD) of Maharashtra. Other eminent speakers at the event included representatives of renowned architecture and construction companies and exceptional individuals working toward alternative sustainable technologies. It was also witnessed the award of GRIHA rating to 201 projects spread across the state of Maharashtra and memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing with six regional chief engineers of PWD to initiate the 2nd phase of the initiative.

  Signing of MoU between GRIHA Council and Indian Institute of Architects
With the endeavour to promote awareness on green buildings, a MoU was signed between GRIHA Council and the Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter (IIANC) on June 22, 2019, on the sidelines of an event “ARCH TALK”, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Mr Ashish Gupta, Honorary Joint Secretary, Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter and Mr Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council, signed the MoU respectively on behalf of both the organizations.
  GRIHA Training Programs in the upcoming quarter
Event Venue Date
One Day SVAGRIHA Training Programme Pune 26th July, 2019
3-Day GRIHA V 2015 Training Programme Hyderabad 28th-30th August, 2019

  GRIHA Certified Professional & Evaluator Exams in the upcoming quarter
Exam Date
Certified Professional 19th July, 2019
Evaluator 31st August, 2019

  Editor's choice
How India is solving its cooling challenge
Today, 40% of the world's population resides within the hot tropical regions, where many of whom are exposed to potentially life-threatening temperatures for at least 20 days a year. Approximately 12,000 people die around the world annually due to heatwaves, and as our planet warms, these temperature surges are becoming more intense. Extreme heat often affects the most vulnerable populations, leaving them at risk. The World Health Organization estimates that, by 2050, more than 255,000 people could be killed annually from extreme heat waves.
India has just five years to solve its water crisis, experts fear. Otherwise hundreds of millions of lives will be in danger
About 100 million people across India are on the front lines of a nationwide water crisis. A total of 21 major cities are poised to run out of groundwater next year, according to a 2018 report by government-run think tank NITI Aayog. Much-needed monsoon rains have only just arrived in some places, running weeks late, amid a heatwave that has killed at least 137 people this summer.
Groundwater, which has been steadily depleting for years, makes up 40% of the country's water supply. But other sources are also running dry -- almost two-thirds of India's reservoirs are running below normal water levels, the country's Central Water Commission said in June.
Made-of-Mud Bengaluru Home Harvests Rainwater, Solar Energy & Organic Food
The entire property spreads over 7,200 sq ft, of which the home occupies 3,500 sq ft including an open sky central courtyard, and the rest of the space is taken up by their kitchen garden and a farm.
It’s been more than a decade now, and yet their home stands tall and strong. It is powered by the sun and uses water from the rain for six months a year.
What is more, the family also grows their food, which is entirely organic.

  GRIHA training program organized
3-Day GRIHA V 2015 Training Programme at Nagpur
Date: June 10th - June 12th, 2019
3-Day GRIHA V 2015 Training Programme at Chandigarh
Date: June 19th - June 21st, 2019
  Inviting articles for Shashwat - The Annual GRIHA Magazine
The Annual Magazine of GRIHA Council "Shashwat - Let Nature Be", is released at The GRIHA Summit. Its previous issues had themes such as, 'Cities of Future', 'High Performance Habitat', and ‘Transforming Habitats’, ‘Sustainable is Affordable ‘and’ Fostering Partnerships for Sustainable Habitats. It encompasses articles, interviews and testimonials from experts with diverse backgrounds who have significantly contributed in new areas of research in the domain of Sustainability. This year, GRIHA Council extends an invitation to you for contributing an article in the 6th edition of the magazine, with the theme - 'Approach to Integrated Sustainability.'
  The 11th GRIHA Summit 2019, “Approach to integrated sustainability”

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