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GRIHA Norms:

The Indian Army’s new Thal Sena Bhawan (TSB) is coming up with GRIHA-IV (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) norms.

  • GRIHA norms is an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment. GRIHA is a Sanskrit word meaning – ‘Abode’.
  • It is a rating tool that helps people assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.
  • It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’.
  • The rating system, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international.
  • It is developed by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).
  • This tool has been adopted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • It assesses a building out of 34 criteria and awards points on a scale of 100.
  • In order to qualify for GRIHA certification, a project must achieve at least 50 points.
  • Certain criteria / sub-criteria are mandatory and have to be complied with for the project to be at all eligible for rating.