18 August :Keeping in view of the Indian agro-climatic conditions, a National Rating System – GRIHA has been developed. This is suitable for all kinds of building in different climatic zones of the country. Particularly it will help the non-AC buildings which are under construction.
The system which was developed by TERI (The Energy & Resource Institute) as TERI-GRIHA has been modified to GRIHA as National Rating System after incorporating various modifications suggested by a group of architects and experts. The system, by its qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria, would be able to ¡¥rate¡¦ a building on the degree of its ¡¥greenness¡¦.
Currently the system has been developed to help ¡¥design and evaluate¡¦ new buildings (buildings that are still at the inception stages). A building is assessed based on its predicted performance over its entire life cycle ¡V inception through operation. The stages of the life cycle that have been identified for evaluation are the pre-construction, building design and construction, and building operation and maintenance stages. The issues that get addressed in these stages are as follows:
„X Pre-construction stage (intra- and inter-site issues)
„X Building planning and construction stages (issues of resource conservation and reduction in resource demand, resource utilization efficiency, resource recovery and reuse, and provisions for occupant health and well being). The prime resources that are considered in this section are land, water, energy, air, and green cover.
„X Building operation and maintenance stage (issues of operation and maintenance of building systems and processes, monitoring and recording of consumption, and occupant health and well being, and also issues that affect the global and local environment).