GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is the indigenous rating system for Green Buildings and Habitats of India, developed by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and subsequently adopted and adapted by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy), Govt. of India as the National Rating System.
GRIHA reflects Indian ethos, culture and context, and coupled with sensible modern approaches and developments in the domain of built-environment helps promote and implement our country’s energy & environmental norms, standards, policies and programs for achieving sustainability in its buildings and habitats.
GRIHA has dovetailed inputs from the codes and guidelines developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, National Building Codes, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India, and the Bureau of Indian Standards.
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The vision of the council is, “To enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025”.
The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes. The council also organises Green Building Congress, its annual flagship event on green buildings. The council is committee-based, member-driven and consensus-focused. All the stakeholders of construction industry comprising of architects, developers, product manufacturers, corporate, Government, academia and nodal agencies participate in the council activities through local chapters. The council also closely works with several State Governments, Central Government, World Green Building Council, bilateral multi-lateral agencies in promoting green building concepts in the country.