The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and US Green Building Council (USGBC) have entered into a strategic collaboration to develop high performance ‘green’ buildings’ in India and Southeast Asia. Such buildings will look at adopting an environmentally sustainable approach to construction.
A particularly important concern for a developing country like India, experts said ‘green’ buildings will look at efficiently using energy, water and other resources while not compromising on the health of the occupant. It will simultaneously minimise environmental degradation through reduction of waste and pollution.
While noting the inevitable demand for construction of new buildings in the future, Director-General TERI, Dr R K Pachauri said, “The demand for energy, water and other inputs for these buildings and those that already exist will be staggering. Designing and constructing ‘green’ buildings would ensure that India, and the world, do not get locked into a pattern of resource-use intensity as that would be unsustainable for a variety of reasons.”
“Implementing a more sustainable approach to the built environment is a global imperative, but nowhere is its impact more critical than in developing countries,” Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, USGBC said.
TERI’s GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) and USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have partnered to promote and ensure the design and construction of ‘green’ buildings.