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President calls for green buildings

President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday called for the adoption of GRIHA, a national rating system for green buildings to boost public and private sector construction of environment friendly buildings.

‘Adoption of GRIHA by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd. (NBCC) should give a fillip to both the public and private sector to construct environment friendly buildings in a big way,’ Mukherjee said.

The president was addressing a national conference on green design organised by The The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) and the ministry of new and renewable energy. The tool was developed by TERI.

By its qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria, the GRIHA is able to 'rate' a building on the degree of its environment friendliness.  The tool developed by TERI has been adopted by the new and renewable energy ministry.

The president also strongly urged state governments to ensure construction of sustainable habitats.
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