November, 2021
  Message from CEO
Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council
The year’s most significant event, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is currently underway. Mitigating climate change is a collective responsibility which must be fulfilled by all countries with a meticulous and collaborative approach. While production of renewable energy, advancement in technology, changes in policy, lifestyle and industrial practices are the way to go, adequate financial aid is of paramount importance for ground-breaking innovations and large-scale impact. The world needs a comprehensive and global green financing strategy to meet ‘net zero emissions’ targets within the next few decades.

To deliberate upon the same, “The GRIHA Event” is being held on the 10th of December, 2021. The theme is “Restoring Green Economy”.

I am also pleased to announce that after a year-long hiatus in physical trainings owing to the pandemic, GRIHA Council is now conducting its first in-person 3 day training on v.2019 from 15th-17th December, 2021 in New Delhi. We look forward to conducting an intensive and interactive session with all our participants. Our community is also growing, and to help each one of you sustainability stalwarts connect with GRIHA, we have recently launched our GRIHA APEX (Associated Professionals and Environmental Experts) Membership. I invite you to register for the same and join the league of 'Developers of a Green Nation’.
  The GRIHA Event 2021, 10th December 2021
  Launch of GRIHA Apex membership
GRIHA Council offers membership opportunities to individuals who are associated with the building industry, for e.g. students, architects, developers, contractors, designers, engineers, consultants etc. Join the league of 'Developers of a Green Nation’ and become part of ever growing GRIHA Community.

GRIHA APEX membership would be an important platform for individuals from any field to get associated with GRIHA and avail a number of benefits including discounts on GRIHA Manual, learning Centres, other GRIHA products and events.
  GRIHA Certified Professional Examination on V. 2019 in the upcoming months
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December 17.12.2021
January 21.01.2022
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  3-Day GRIHA Version 2019 Training Programme at New Delhi
A three-day intensive training programme on GRIHA version 2019 is being organized by GRIHA Council on 15th - 17th December, 2021 in New Delhi.

The aim of the training programme is to enable participants to understand the intent of the national green building rating system. Compliance and appraisals under various parameters such as sustainable site planning, water, energy efficiency, sustainable building materials and so on will be explained in detail. Each session will be carried out with the presentation of the respective criterion followed by either group exercise or individual exercises for better understanding of the rating system.
  GRIHA Four Star Rating awarded to AIPL Joy Street, Gurugram
The project has demonstrated 43.12% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 52.84% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 53.43% of landscape water demand is reduces by using efficient irrigation system and native vegetation. Organic waste composter of 500 kld capacity has been installed to treat waste generated on site. Furthermore, 97.9% of the habitable spaces are day lit and meet the daylight factors prescribed by the National Building Code of India.
  GRIHA Three Star Provisional Rating awarded to Type IV Non- Faculty Apartments, NITK Surathkal
The project has demonstrated 36.5% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 33.54% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 50% of landscape water demand is reduces by using efficient irrigation system and native vegetation. Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) type STP of 500 kld capacity has been installed to treat waste water generated on site. Furthermore, 96% of the habitable spaces are day lit and meet the daylight factors prescribed by the National Building Code of India.
  New products have been enlisted in the GRIHA product catalogue
Product name: Calacatta Vitrified Tiles, Concrete Texture Vitrified Tiles, Marble Stone Vitrified Tiles, Marfil Vitrified Tiles, Maxi Vitrified Tiles, Noble Marble Vitrified Tiles, Onyx Vitrified Tiles, Borealis Vitrified Tiles
Product typology: Flooring
Company name: Kingspan
Product name: Mineral Wool Panel For Roof Application, Mineral Wool Panel For Wall Application, PIR Panel For Roof Application, PIR Panel For Wall Application, PUF Panel For Roof Application, PUF Panel For Wall Application
Product typology: Insulation
  Editor's choice
Production of floral dye from different flowers available in West Bengal for textile & dye industry
In India a huge amount of flowers are cultivated & West Bengal is the 4th position to cultivate flowers after Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil-nadu. These flowers are used as decoration purposes or for offering to God. A survey report reveals that 40% of the total productions of flowers are unsold and wasted everyday which are thrown in water of river Ganga or dumped which also creates water pollution as well as environmental pollution. These wasted flowers can be used in various ways & we can get wealth from waste materials.

Colouful dye can be extracted from flowers for dyeing textile fibre. These floral dye are eco-friendly & it has no allergic action on skin like synthetic dye. Moreover the procedure is very cost-effective and depending on it small scale Industry as well as Large scale Industry can be set up. The laboratory & pilot plant work & is going on at Chemical Engineering department, Jadavpur University with collaboration with Moromi, a NGO of West Bengal. Beside this these colour can be used to making colourful herbal Gual which has no side effect on skin.
Indian startup captures car exhaust and turns it into ink
At a cafe in Bangalore's central district, artist Pavithra Chowdappa doodles on canvas with a marker labeled AIR-INK.

"This is a special marker," she says, making black strokes across the white surface. "It's the only environmentally friendly ink around. And it's so smooth, and nice -- in fact, better than many others in the market -- that one can hardly guess it's sourced from air pollution."

The ink is made from airborne particles using a process invented by Anirudh Sharma, 30, an Indian graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. The process involves capturing particulate matter from vehicles and diesel generators using a proprietary tool created by Sharma's Bangalore-based startup, Graviky Labs.

Can Waste Be Converted To Furniture? This Delhi-Based Entrepreneur Is Making It Possible
Delhi-based Pritika Singh is a social entrepreneur who launched a start-up that makes use of waste to make eco-friendly furniture. Simply put, it recycles discarded material to create a modern and sustainable furniture collection.

The startup, Mohh, which is one-and-a-half-year-old is backed by a creatively talented team of eight members and staff at the manufacturing unit who believe in crafting exceptional, quirky as well as environmentally responsible furniture designs. The team claims that using the discarded matter of various shape, size and texture help them to explore their imagination to create durable, aesthetic and socially beneficial products.
  Global Sustainability Development Summit 2021
Global Sustainability Development Summit 2021 was organized by Global Council for the Promotion of International Trade (GCPIT) from 27 th August and was concluded on 23 rd October 2021. The agenda of the summit was to draw focus on business examples and good practice initiatives relevant to MSMEs and sustainability. Eminent speakers from across the world presented their ideas on ways in which MSMEs can contribute towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) rolled out by the United Nations to strengthen the three pillars of sustainability.

Ar. Shaily Mahera, Deputy Manager, GRIHA Council presented on SDG 11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The presentation was intended to communicate various ways in which GRIHA rating and MSMEs could enable building construction industry to reduce its carbon emissions and thereby contribute towards SDGs.
GRIHA Council organized a virtual felicitation ceremony of GRIHA Trophy at the 63rd Annual NASA Convention on 5th October, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm. The GRIHA Trophy architectural design competition was launched in 2013-14 and conducted successfully once again this year in 2020-21. In the past eight years, the GRIHA NASA trophy has been organized in multiple cities such as Bengaluru, Vagamon, Jaipur, Surat, Chennai and Hyderabad with more than 5000 students’ participation from various colleges across the country. Each year, unique design briefs are provided to allow students the opportunity to push the limits of their creativity and showcase their skills in designing projects of varying scale and typologies, centric to the concept of sustainability.

This year, the 63 rd Annual NASA Convention was organized virtually. The brief for the same included the designing of an affordable housing development for EWS group, in New Delhi on a 4 acre site. The design was intended to accommodate a minimum of 1600 dwelling units within the plot in addition to the basic amenities. The design brief was focused on innovative use of low cost, low impact materials in- line with the GRIHA Affordable Housing rating.

More than 25 colleges from all over India submitted their entries for the competition. Out of these 3 entries were conferred as winners.. The panel of the jury included Ms Shabnam Bassi, Secretary, GRIHA Council, Ms Swati Gupta, Manager, GRIHA Council and Mr Ankit Bhalla, Deputy Manager, GRIHA Council.

Design entry of Indian Education society’s college of Architecture, Mumbai was declared the winner followed by two special mentions M.N.I.T. (Deemed University), Jaipur and TKM College of Engineering, Kollam. All these 3 entries presented their design at the virtual ‘GRIHA Trophy at NASA’ event on 5th October 2021.
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