The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Monday signed an agreement with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for strengthening the sustainability and green standards for the existing as well as the new buildings in Delhi and other parts of the country. Based on the agreement, buildings will now be evaluated for their sustainability and green building standards by both TERI’s Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) and the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

“Several studies have estimated that most of the buildings projected to be standing in 2030 in India have yet to be built. 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 that would be unsustainable,” said Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI.

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