According to GRIHA, India has less than 2 per cent green buildings, which is bad as well as good news! It is a bad news because as a country we are still not aware of the need and benefits of green buildings. It is a good news because there is a huge potential for green buildings in the country. According to Sanjay Seth, chief executive officer, GRIHA, there is a huge opportunity to increase that number as about 60 per cent of the infrastructure of the country is yet to be put in place in the next 20 years. The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council, which gives the rating, is a not-for-profit society jointly setup by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to promote green buildings in India. The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is a rating tool that helps people assesses the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.
Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.
According to GRIHA chief, the best way to promote green buildings is through fiscal incentives and the developer should feel that “there is a sense in going green”. Incentives may be in the form of extra FSI (Floor Space Index) for green buildings or in the form of concessional property tax or electricity tariff.