September, 2021
  Message from CEO
Mr. Sanjay Seth, CEO GRIHA Council
The urgency of the global warming crisis was emphasised by the recent report “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which reiterates that human activity is the cause of climate change and we need to take immediate steps to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The primary requisite now is to ensure preparedness and action for the sustenance of our planet through carbon negative interventions.

Green recovery, environmental resilience and sustainability at large are at the forefront of national discourse. I am pleased to announce that GRIHA Council will be hosting “The GRIHA Event” on 10th December 2021 with the theme “Restoring Green Economy”. I am also pleased to share that we have successfully conducted our first GRIHA Consultants Training Programme. With the objective of understanding the requisite documentation for each appraisal in each criterion for the GRIHA V2015 rating, "The DOs and DON'Ts of GRIHA V2015 Documentation" programme was organized from 22nd July 2021 to 6th August 2021. It was attended by participants from various backgrounds which included architects, engineers, academicians, students, government officials and others who have conveyed their feedback about the extreme relevance of the programme and that it had proved to be an interesting & educative learning experience.

This month was of great significance to the GRIHA Council as we have now established our new office at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The smooth transition to the new office was ably assisted by the entire team to whom I extend my heartfelt appreciation. It is with your support that we are able to complete this shift swiftly and efficiently. I look forward to having a great working experience with you all here.
  GRIHA Council at the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
We are pleased to announced that GRIHA Council has moved to India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. We look forward to welcoming you to the new office of GRIHA Council.
  Save the Date - The GRIHA Event 2021
Over the years GRIHA Council has been hosting its annual flagship event, The GRIHA Summit to deliberate on issues which are of national discourse in association with national and international entities. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, GRIHA Council is hosting –“The GRIHA Event” on the 10th of December, 2021. The theme of this year’s GRIHA event is “Restoring a Green Economy”. A green economy is resource efficient, low carbon and socially inclusive. Within this type of economy, income growth and employment is driven by both public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions, enhance resource efficiency and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The overall aim of the transition would be ensuring economic growth and investment while also preserving environmental quality and ensuring social inclusivity. The focus must be on directing our efforts toward leveraging technology to rebuild sustainably.
  GRIHA Certified Professional Examination on V. 2019
Registrations for the GRIHA Certified Professional Examination on version 2019 scheduled on 17th September, 2021 are now open. More details such eligibility, examination format; validity and calendar for the year 2021-22 can be referred on
  SVA GRIHA Training Programme
GRIHA Council in asssociation with the Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter is conducting a half day SVAGRIHA training programme on 25th September, 2021. The training session will focus on various aspects of the rating system such as landscape, architecture, energy, waste; water, materials and lifestyle. Subsequently, the participants will be engaged with a hands-on demo of the online SVAGRIHA tool, to further elaborate the simplicity of rating system.
  GRIHA Three Star Rating awarded to Construction of Super Specialty Block at Govt. Medical College, Patiala (Punjab) under PMSSY-III
The project has demonstrated 73.3% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 65.43% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 42.20% of water savings was achieved in landscape water requirement through use of highly irrigation system. Furthermore, 65.43% 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 Raheja Vistas T12 T13
The project has demonstrated 40.28% reduction in energy consumption compared to GRIHA benchmark. 33.72% of building water demand has been reduced by installing low flow plumbing fixtures and 36.79% of water savings was achieved in landscape water requirement through use of highly irrigation system. Furthermore, 83.28% 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
Company name: Kingspan Jindal Private Limitede
Product name: Mineral wool panel for roof and wall application, PIR panel for roof and wall application and PUF panel for roof and wall application
Product typology: Insulation
Company name: Panariagroup India Industrie Ceramiche Pvt Ltd
Product name: Calacatta Vitrified tiles, Concrete Texture Vitrified tiles, Marble Stone Vitrified tiles, Marfil Vitrified tiles, Maxi Vitrified tiles, Noble Marble Vitrified tiles
Product typology: Flooring
  Editor's choice
The state of India’s urban wetlands and why they need to be protected urgently
Nearly 30 per cent of the natural wetlands in India have been lost in the last three decades mainly to illegal construction, unsustainable urbanisation, agricultural expansion and pollution, according to estimates by Wetlands International South Asia. Chennai lost 90 per cent of its wetlands to unplanned urbanisation, leaving the city to grapple with issues of water security and degraded environment. Vadodara lost 30.5 per cent of its wetlands between 2005 and 2018. Hyderabad lost 55 per cent of its wetlands to inefficient waste management, rising pollution and unchecked urban development. Mumbai lost 71 per cent, Ahmedabad 57 per cent, Bengaluru 56 per cent, Pune 37 per cen and Delhi-National Capital Region lost 38 per cent wetlands mainly to construction and eutrophication from pollution. In addition to urbanisation needs, lack of awareness and knowledge on wetlands and their ecosystem services can be blamed for this widespread loss.
IPCC Report 2021: Climate change is very real
Several of Bihar’s 38 districts are flood-hit — people have lost lives, homes continue to get damaged, and countless agricultural fields have been inundated. In Africa, heavy rains ravaged the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, and Ethiopia. After being hit by a dual disaster — an earthquake and hurricane Grace — Haiti’s health system is severely strained, as are the rescue teams still hunting for survivors. In the U.S., a total of 41,122 wildfires have burned more than 4.59 million acres. One might think these disasters have been recorded over a long period, but unfortunately these are just a fraction of many natural calamities reported in one week of August alone. Besides, all this is occurring when the world is already grappling with a pandemic. These are numbing data, as numbing as the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Sixth Assessment Report.
CAN INDIA’S LOW-COST HOUSING SCHEMES RISE TO THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE? Schemes related to affordable homes need to focus more on the climate vulnerabilities of people residing in them and less on chasing elusive targets

The world seems to be at an inflection point. Even as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its latest set of warnings in its Physical Science of Climate Change, news poured in from around the world of dangerous rains, flooding, drought and wildfires. Over several years of worsening climate around the world and multitudes of scientific literature warning of the same, a clear pattern of cause and effect has emerged–the poor are and will continue to be the worst affected by impacts of climate change, to which they have contributed the least.

  Training Programme for Consultants on the Dos and Don’ts of GRIHA V.2015 Documentation
GRIHA Council conducted a 6-Day intensive training programme on the DOs and DON'Ts of GRIHA Version 2015 documentation. The programme was conducted for 6 days, on Thursdays and Fridays for 3 consecutive weeks; staring from 22nd July 2021 and concluding on 6th August 2021. An additional ‘Bonus Day’ was also conducted to allow the participants to clear any doubts pertaining to documentation.

A GRIHA rated project was handpicked and presented as a case study in the training programme. The programme focused on requisite documentation against each appraisal of each criterion of GRIHA Version 2015 rating variant. The sessions conducted in the programme discussed the basic concepts, requirements and detailed documentation of all sections of the rating variant. Alternate scenarios and the requisite documents to be submitted were elucidated.

The 6-day programme was divided into 9 sessions for each section of the rating and an additional session on the requisites for submission of CAD drawings. Each session was carried out by GRIHA officials with the help of presentations and sample calculation related to the respective criterion, followed by a Q&A session. The teachings were further enhanced by hands on exercises; the participants were handed out sample exercises at the end of each weeks’ sessions and the solutions were discussed before the subsequent sessions, the following week.

Reference material and presentations made during the programme were also made available to each participant. The programme was attended by 15 professionals and was very well received by all the participants.
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