GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is a certification for assessing the green buildings in India. Along with a sustainable environment, it also renders healthy quality of life, both on a physical and psychological level. It was established in India to facilitate green building rules and regulations according to the climate of India. Let us have a look at a few of the buildings which have achieved the green rating certification by GRIHA.

1. Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Academic Block

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The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University Academic Block is located in Fursatganj, Uttar Pradesh and is a Project designed by: Axis Consultants in the year 2021. With a Built-up area of 12562 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 3 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 68.61% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape. Reducing Water & Energy consumption by 61.93 % & 84%, respectively, while maintaining the occupant’s comfort, was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the site to generate a minimum of 30 KWp of electricity naturally and by considering low energy materials such as Kota stones and granite has been seen in this project.

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2. Shopping Complex for Mahalaxmi Jagdamba Mata Mandir, Nagpur

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The Shopping Complex for Mahalaxmi Jagdamba, Mata Mandir Project, is located in koradi, Nagpur & designed by Bhiogade & Associates in the year 2021. With a Built-up area of 2013.69 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 4 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 99.72 % compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted to the building impact are – Waste & water management was reduced by 100%. Energy optimization while taking care of Occupant comfort was achieved by 97.90%. Usage of Sustainable materials such as PPC has been done in the project.

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3. U. N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre, Ahmadabad

The U. N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre, Ahmadabad, is located in Ahmedabad and is a Project designed by Helix Healthcare Architecture in the year 2021. With a Built-up area of 25,801 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 4 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 68.61% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape. Reducing Water & Energy consumption by 55 % & 44.41%, respectively, while maintaining the occupant’s comfort, was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the site to generate a minimum of 80 KWp of electricity naturally and by considering low energy materials such as Fly ash bricks, Kota stones, and granite have been seen in this project.

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4. Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation’s Central Research Block, Vijayawada

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The Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation’s central research block located in Vijayawada is a Project designed by Design Haaus Solution Pvt. Ltd in the year 2021. With a Built-up area of 30,236 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 5 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 74.69% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape. Reducing Water & Energy consumption by 52.58 % & 76.58 %, respectively, while maintaining the occupant’s comfort, was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the site to generate a minimum of 151.2 KWp of electricity naturally, and by considering low energy materials such as ACC, Blocks have been seen in this project.

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5. AIPL Joy Street

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AIPL Joy Street is a Project located in Gurugram designed by Design Forum International in the year 2020. With a Built-up area of 30,931 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 4 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 43.12 % compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting trees that are already present on the site during construction. Waste & water management was reduced by 52.84%. Energy optimization while taking care of Occupant comfort was achieved by 97.90%. Usage of Sustainable materials such as fly ash has been done in the project.

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6. Academic Complex, IIT Madras

The Academic Complex is located in IIT Madras and is a Project designed by Dr M. Ramachandran in the year 2020. With a Built-up area of 21,842 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 4 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 50.21% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape. Reducing Water & Energy consumption by 43.75% & 77%, respectively, while maintaining the occupant’s comfort was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the site to generate a minimum of 178 KWp of electricity naturally and by considering low energy materials such as Fly ash bricks have been seen in this project.

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7. IIM Kozhikode

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Indian Institute of Management at Kozhikode is a Project designed by Aadharshila Urban Architecture Works in the year 2019. With a Built-up area of 29,599 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 5 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 66.11 % compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting trees that are already present on the site during construction. Waste & water management was reduced by 50.16%. Energy optimization while taking care of Occupant comfort. Usage of Sustainable materials such as fly ash has been done in the project.

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8. Bihar Museum

The Bihar Museum is located in Patna and is a Project designed by Opolis Architects + Maki and Associates in the year 2018. With a Built-up area of 23600 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 5 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 53% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape during construction & approx. 1680 meter cube topsoil was preserved and reused. Reducing Water & Energy consumption while maintaining the occupant’s comfort was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the Site to generate a minimum of 220 KWp of electricity naturally and considering low energy materials such as Kota stone, sandstone, and rubber tile has been used in the project.

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9. New Integrated Terminal Building, Tirupati Airport

New Integrated Terminal Building at Tirupati Airport is a Project designed by Aadharshila Designs Pvt.Ltd in the year 2017. With a Built-up area of 16500 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 4 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 44% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting trees that are already present on the site during construction. Usage of Sustainable materials such as fly ash has been done in the project.

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10. Punjab National Bank Head Office

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Punjab National Bank Head Office is located in Dwarka, Delhi, at 37874 sqm by Rajinder Kumar Associates. The project was completed in 2017 with a 5-star GRIHA rating. The energy Consumption is claimed to have been 58.2% less than the GRIHA benchmarks. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable site planning by Preventing Excavated fertile topsoil and reusing it for landscaping. Reducing the Water consumption by 81% by using water fixtures with less flow. Reducing Energy consumption by achieving thermal comfort. Installation of Solar panels to generate up to 202 kW. Usage of low-energy materials such as – Low energy flooring Materials with recycled content has been witnessed in the project. 

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11. Nalanda University Campus

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The Nalanda University is a Project designed by VastuShilpa Consultant in the year 2015. With a Built-up area of 341000 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 5 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 62.89% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape during construction by limiting construction activity to the pre-designed areas. Solid Waste Management by treating 100% organic waste on-site & by using Biodegradable waste for biogas. Efficient Transport by designing walkways, and pedestrians & By providing up to 5.5% of the landscape for organic farming.

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12. Coal India Limited Office Building

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The Coal India Limited Office Building is located in Kolkata with 25159 sqm by Raj Rewal Associates & Urban Design Consultants. The project was completed in 2014 with a 4-star GRIHA rating. The energy Consumption is claimed to have been 37.9% less than the GRIHA benchmarks. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable site planning by building the site with due respect to the natural contours. Reducing the Water consumption by 78%. Reducing Energy consumption by achieving thermal comfort & Usage of low energy materials such as – coffered slabs & fly ash bricks. Also, the Usage of renewable sources of energy – solar energy is seen in this building.

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13. Manipal University

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Manipal University Campus is located in Jaipur on a site area of 20 Acres by Sundaram Architects Pvt. Ltd. The project has been completed in October 2014 with a 5-star GRIHA rating. The energy Consumption & Water consumption of this Campus is claimed to have been 76.14% & 88.7% less respectively than the GRIHA benchmarks. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable site planning by using adequate landscaping to minimize the urban heat island effect. Reducing the Water consumption by the usage of fewer flow fixtures. Reducing Energy consumption by achieving thermal comfort & Usage of low energy materials such as – hollow concrete & ACC block.

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14. VVIP Circuit House, Pune

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The VVIP Circuit house is a Project designed by Ar. Sunil Patil in the year 2015. With a Built-up area of 4886.09 sqm, this project is awarded a Griha Rating of 5 stars and is claimed to have a reduction in energy consumption by 42.20% compared to the GRIHA benchmark. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning by preserving & protecting the landscape during construction by limiting construction activity to the pre-designed areas. Reducing Water & Energy consumption while maintaining the occupant’s comfort was one of the most important aspects considered during the construction of this project. Renewable Energy technologies were installed on the Site to generate a minimum of 43.47% of electricity naturally and by considering low energy materials such as fly ash.

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15. Grand Chola, ITC Hotels Limited

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The Grand Chola, ITC Hotels Limited located in Chennai is designed by Smallwood Reynold Stewart. With a built-up area of 132598 sqm, this hotel is awarded 5 stars Griha Rating. The strategies adopted for the building impact are – Sustainable Site planning, A reduction in water consumption by use of low flow fixtures, and Passive architectural design strategies like – Thick stone and ACC block walls to reduce solar heat gain are adapted in the building. Renewable energy technology – windmills are used in the building & also usage of low energy materials like – Plywood, MDF, and High-density composite panels have been considered.

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References:

  1. Grihaindia.org. 2022. Case Studies | Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assesment. [online] Available at: https://www.grihaindia.org/case-study

[Accessed 4 May 2022].

  1. Grihaindia.org. 2022. [online] Available at: https://www.grihaindia.org/events/webinar-presentation_25April%202013.pdf

[Accessed 4 May 2022].

Author

Disha is an architecture graduate from Nagpur University, 2021. Being an avid traveler, she has always tried to connect the city’s art & culture with architecture. She is a keen learner & an extremely creative individual who always seeks opportunities to enhance knowledge & experience in the field of architecture.

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