With the theme of “Transforming Habitats”, The GRIHA Summit 2017 was held at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 2nd and 3rdMarch 2017. The GRIHA Council, organized the event in conjunction with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. The council envisages to double the green footprint in the country from 35 million sq. ft. to 70 million Sq ftin a span of three years. In this context, Rajeev Kapoor, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India launched the GRIHA rating for existing buildings and during the inaugural address said, “MNRE has been associated with GRIHA for over a decade and has supported this green movement. The distinctive aspect about GRIHA is that it is not only about the final product but also about the process of construction. There is a need to improve the entire ecosystem of urbanization, as sustainable 50 per cent of India will be urban in the next 15-20 years. Herein, lies the challenge in urban governance and political and economic system”.
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He also welcomed the new initiative of rating existing buildings, which will further spur the green movement and help gain momentum to achieve sustainable habitats. Congratulating the GRIHA team on this momentous feat, Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI & President, GRIHA Council, in his welcome address said, “This year’s theme of ‘transforming habitats’ becomes extremely important because there’s a sharp emphasis on how we manage our urban landscape through the smart city mission, and also how technology has attracted finances into green buildings. In the process of rapid urbanization that India is witnessing at present, if each building becomes greener than the one built yesterday then we have huge opportunity and hope for our country. For a sustainable future and in order to provide our citizens with a good quality of life, the need of the hour is to look beyond the conventional methods of building. Hence, GRIHA becomes important in meeting our national goals with respect to a sustainable society”.
Sinhgad College of Architecture won the Trophy at the 59th Annual NASA Convention 2016-17. The GRIHA-NASA Trophy is awarded by The GRIHA Council under the aegis of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, in partnership with the National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA). The Summit witnessed deliberations on creating technology that is efficient, beneficial to health and socially affordable; a solution driven approach to tackle growing cooling demand, especially in developing countries; to showcase the water conservation strategies undertaken considering the highly unpredictable availability of water; and the urgency of going green to create a sustainable society.