JAN 2020  
TERI Analysis
11th GRIHA Summit 'Approach to Integrated Sustainability'

The GRIHA Summit witnessed an overwhelming response from key stakeholders, with participation of several industry specialists both nationally and internationally. This year's summit served as a platform to strengthen GRIHA Council's cooperation, approaches, and ideas pertaining to the latest developments in the industry and focused on achieving innovative and indigenous solutions furthering the cause of transforming our habitats sustainably.

Several prelude events were conducted to create a buzz about the Summit amongst the masses.

Workshop on 'Life Cycle Assessment'

A technical workshop on 'Life Cycle Assessment' was conducted on November 15, 2019, at TERI, India Habitat Centre, as a prelude to the 11th GRIHA summit. The objective of the workshop was to have a better understanding of life cycle assessment with respect to sustainable development and its importance in analysing the cost benefits and sustainability quotient of a building/project/product.

'Prayaas': A Step towards Cleanliness

A clean-up drive was organised by GRIHA Council in association with Green Dream Foundation at Hauz Khas on November 16, 2019 which resulted in collection, segregation, and disposal of waste at Hauz Khas Village parking area. The clean-up drive 'Prayaas' was an effort towards cleanliness and to generate awareness and drive action amongst the people of the national capital about the ill-impacts of littering and inefficient waste management.

Introduction to Mud and Bamboo Architecture

A two days workshop was conducted on 'Mud and Bamboo Architecture' by Ar. Revathi Kamath, as a prelude to the 11th GRIHA summit. The workshop aimed at providing participants with the knowledge needed to evoke their sensibility towards benefits of using these materials in architecture and techniques for sustainable integrated development. The workshop commenced with a presentation by Ar. Kamath explaining some important facts and properties of mud and bamboo as a sustainable building material.

Site Visit To UIDAI Headquarters (A GRIHA 5-Star Rated Project), New Delhi

As a prelude to the 11th GRIHA Summit, GRIHA Council organized a 'green building tour'to a Five Star GRIHA certified school in New Delhi on December 14, 2019. The tour demonstrated the green innovations that have been incorporated in the building design. It was an exciting opportunity to explore green buildings and help create awareness about the importance of going green. Delegates were able to familiarize themselves with various green building strategies integrated in the building as a case study for their reference. The site visit helped to disseminate knowledge and create awareness on sustainable habitat.

Bamboo Exhibition: Venu Kutir

'Venu Kutir' a 240 sq. ft. cottage inspired by the form of a bird's nest was set up at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The structure is designed to create a comfortable living space using one of the most sustainable materials on earth, 'bamboo'. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha on December 16, 2019.

GRIHA Summit

The 11th GRIHA Summit was inaugurated on December 17, 2019 in the presence of several dignitaries including
H E Ms Harinder Sidhu, Australian High Commissioner to India; H E Mr Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, Embassy of Denmark. The inaugural address was delivered by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs, Government of India. During the inauguration, the next version of GRIHA Manual, GRIHA Version 2019 was launched. In addition, 33 projects registered with GRIHA were awarded plaques during the ceremony spreading over several GRIHA variants such as GRIHA, SVAGRIHA, GRIHA for Affordable Housing, and GRIHA for Existing
Day schools.

The two days were packed with some extremely stimulating sessions focusing on integrating the different aspects of sustainability. The Summit was planned with five plenary sessions focusing on the grand challenges being faced due to the rapid scale of urbanization primarily aligned around energy, water, waste, governance, and rapid urbanization. The thematic tracks included sessions on Changing Consumer Behaviour, Women in Sustainability, Vernacular Architecture, and so on, to name a few.

Along the lines of the 11th GRIHA Summit, the GRIHA Council set up an exhibition at Charminar, India Habitat Centre, for exhibitors to display a range of environmentally sustainable products and technologies. This exhibition spread awareness about upcoming technologies amongst visitors and helped them understand the detailed functionality and benefits of such products so that they can take an informed decision in the future. Visitors can expect to gain a holistic understanding of materials that are emerging in the sustainable construction sphere, their functionality, and where to procure them.

The Summit had an exhilarating ending on the day two evening with a valedictory address by H E Mr Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, Embassy of Denmark and Special remarks by Mr Anuj Aggarwal, Member (HR), Airport Authority of India. A total of 24 GRIHA projects which performed extremely well in different domains of GRIHA were awarded with the Exemplary Performance Award.

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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India’s CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers.”

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to [email protected]

Matt Carr
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