Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi GRIHA Workshop
A one-day orientation Workshop on GRIHA Green Building Rating was held for the 'Royal Norwegian Embassy', New Delhi project team at the India Habitat Centre. New Delhi. STATSBYGG, the Norwegian Government Agency is responsible for this project. The project is proposed in the existing site and will replace some of the older buildings. The Royal Norwegian Embassy is keen on making the entire campus energy efficient through audit and retrofit of existing embassy buildings & residential quarters and by constructing the upcoming building in compliance with GRIHA, the National Green Rating system of India.
TERJE GRONMO ARKITEKTER from Norway is the design agency and is working in coordination with Indian Architects and Project Management consultants for this project. The workshop constituted two sessions. The first session was a run-through of the 34 technical criteria under the GRIHA Rating system. There were interesting exchanges between the Norwegian architects and GRIHA Trainers about the differences in Architectural practices of the two countries in relation to their geo-socio-economic context. The familiarity of the architects with green rating systems helped a rather quick run-through.
The second session was a project specific road map making exercise for the certification of the project. STATSBYGG, the owner, TERJE GRONMO ARKITEKTER, the design agency and the local consultants were unanimous on achieving the highest rating possible under GRIHA. The exercise concluded with a goal of 5 star rating for the project. The project was registered on the spot and the was given a trial-run through GRIHA's web based documentation management and submission tool. The Royal Norwegian Embassy is the first Embassy building of any country in India to apply for a green building rating for a new building.