GRIHA Council and the Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter (IIANC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote green building awareness in India. Under this collaboration, GRIHA Council and IIANC aim at spreading awareness about the necessity of green and sustainable architecture and the GRIHA rating tool to evaluate the performance of such buildings.
This is the first time that GRIHA Council is being associated with a group of practicing architects, who are an integral part of the construction industry. This association is expected to promote the adoption of sustainable building materials and strategies to increase the green building footprint in the country, through awareness and training programmes for the members of IIANC in Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir region.
GRIHA Council is an independent, not-for-profit society jointly set up by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to promote and administer GRIHA, the indigenous rating system developed by TERI, which was adopted by MNRE as the national rating system for green buildings in India. The tool measures the performance and environmental impact of a building based on a set of predefined criteria and assigns a rating between one and five stars.
The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) is the National body of Architects in the country and has more than 20,000 members and plays a major role in promoting the profession of architecture by organising and uniting the Architects of India to promote aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession both in Practice and in Education.