Maharashtra has become the first state to sign an MoU with Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council to train state PWD officials to rate government buildings. The MoU was signed last week. As per this MoU, the GRIHA Council would train PWDs civil and electrical engineers and architects to rate government buildings as per its parameters. The main objective of this agreement is to encourage environment-friendly buildings in the state.
It may be recalled here that in January this year, the state government and the GRIHA Council had signed a MoU to construct government complexes as green buildings which would minimise the use of electricity while optimising the use of natural light and non-conventional energy.
GRIHA Council, is mandated to promote development of buildings and habitats in India through GRIHA. GRIHA Council is an independent platform for the interaction on scientific and administrative issues related to sustainable habitats in the Indian subcontinent. It was founded by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi) with support from MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India) along with a handful of experts in the sustainability of built environment from across the country.
Conducting need-based in-house awareness / training sessions for Government and Private Organizations is one of the activities of GRIHA. GRIHA Council has already started a nation-wide capacity building exercise with C.P.W.D. to equip the professionals in building GRIHA compliant projects. With the support of MNRE, GRIHA Council is now pursuing various other Government departments for conducting similar sessions. Various private organizations from the construction sector are also engaging with GRIHA Council to help build internal capacity on Green Buildings.