Mahindra Lifespaces and TERI created CoE for development of Sustainable Habitats

By Accommodation Times News Services

Green BuildingTo promote sustainable development and energy efficient green buildings, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and Mahindra Lifespaces announced the creation of a Centre of Excellence (CoE) focused on improving energy efficiency in India’s residential buildings sector.

The ‘Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats’ as this Centre will be known will evaluate both traditional and innovative technologies and alternative materials customised for the Indian buildings sector and climate zones. The Centre will bring the much needed informed validated knowledge about better performing materials and ways to use the ample daylight available that will greatly help to mainstream greener buildings in the country.

The CoE is created with the aim to converse energy and water efficiency and use of low cost green materials. Another important intended outcome of the research efforts of the CoE will be to address the existing gap in available statistical datasets relevant to the Indian residential buildings sector.

The research output from the CoE will be disseminated to multiple stakeholder communities via conferences, workshops, academic courses, reports, journal archives and webinars, amongst other mediums. Wider industry participation and contribution will be sought to increase capacity and reach.  The CoE will be located at TERI’s Gual Paharicampus near Gurgaon, initially with a five-year horizon, with research initiatives split into modules based on priority and scale.

 “Buildings are experiencing unprecedented growth in India, leading to increasedenergy demand and consumption. Extensive research is needed to enable energy efficiency in buildings, and the ‘Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats’ aims to evaluate innovative technologies tailored to the Indian consumer and climate, and available in the form of easy-to-use tools to the Indian building industry. We are delighted that Mahindra Lifespaces has come forth to support the establishment of this Center that will benefit the entire industry,” said Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI.

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