The 11th GRIHA Summit in India to be co-hosted by UNSW

12 Jun 2019
Ian Jacobs and Ajay Mathur

The 11th edition of the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council’s annual flagship event will be hosted co-hosted by UNSW for a second year in a row. 

India’s GRIHA Summit brings together experts and consumers to discuss and deliberate on furthering the sustainable habitat agenda in India. It has been recognised as an effective platform for evaluating the holistic environmental performance of a building. 

This encompassing view considers the ecological and environmental impact of the building and its inhabitants, how it minimises resource consumption and combats waste generation.

“UNSW’s involvement with the GRIHA Summit is part of our broader strategy to have a positive global impact through greater collaboration. We look forward to expanding ties with our partners in India even further through opportunities such as this as well as through education and research in the long-term,” said Professor Ian Jacobs, UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor. 

The GRIHA Council is an independent, not-for-profit society jointly set up by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Government of India.  GRIHA has been acknowledged as a tool to evaluate the reduction in emission intensity through habitats. It forms part of the mitigation strategy for combating climate change in India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

Dr Ajay Mathur, President of the GRIHA Council and Director General of TERI said of the newly forged partnership, “I am delighted to welcome the UNSW team once again to co-create the ‘11th GRIHA Summit’ with the GRIHA Council. The GRIHA Summit platform would be leveraged to showcase collaborative research and development between TERI and UNSW in the ‘built-environment’ across various thematic areas. This would also provide a step change in the strategic economic partnership between Australia and India, both at the government and business levels.” 

“I am delighted that UNSW will further strengthen its partnership with TERI through collaboration on the GRIHA Summit. As the first university in the GRIHA Summit’s history to co-host last year, we feel honoured to be invited back to partner with TERI on this important gathering and I thank Dr Mathur for the opportunity,” said Professor Jacobs.  

Over the years, the GRIHA Summit has drawn the interest of government, industry, building practitioners, developers and academia who either partner with the GRIHA Council or participate in the Summit. New initiatives are proposed by the GRIHA Council in response to the emerging needs of the building industry. 

The 11th GRIHA Summit will be held in December 2019 in New Delhi, India in the presence of Her Excellency Ms Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia to India.