GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) has announced their 6th annual conference ‘The GRIHA Summit 2015’ to be held on March 12-14, 2015 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The conference is expected to be attended by over 1000 professionals from the building and construction industry. The summit will bring together the industry, the financers, the policy makers, the decision makers, the buyers and sellers in a bid to develop and drive new initiatives, provide insights, showcase sustainable product development, and green business opportunity, and facilitate interaction between entities from all over the world and India, in order to elicit practical applications that are most relevant for India at this junction.
- Building India with GRIHA: Varied geographies, scales of projects and resource specific interventions shall be showcased by the speakers
- Innovating Urban Futures: Transforming existing cities through smart governance and platforms enabling public participation
- Presentation by winners of GRIHA trophy at NASA (National Association for Students of Architecture)
An exhibition for green construction products
With an overall objective to reduce resource consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the use of renewable and recycled resources by the building sector, The Energy Resource Institute, TERI,developed GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), which was adopted as the national rating system for green buildings by the Government of India in 2007
Human Habitats (buildings) interact with the environment in various ways. Throughout their life cycles, from construction to operation and then demolition, they consume resources in the form of energy, water, materials, etc. and emit wastes either directly in the form of municipal wastes or indirectly as emissions from electricity generation. GRIHA attempts to minimize a building’s resource consumption, waste generation, and overall ecological impact to within certain nationally acceptable limits / benchmarks.
Going by the old adage ‘what gets measured, gets managed’, GRIHA attempts to quantify aspects such as energy consumption, waste generation, renewable energy adoption, etc. so as to manage, control and reduce the same to the best possible extent.
Deceuninck’sGlassfibre reinforced PVC window Zendow#neo wins the SPE Award for hybrid Product Innovation
Reinforcement technology recognized by industry experts, academia & design specialists
Deceuninck, a global manufacturer of uPVC and composite window & door systems has received the Innovation Award from the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) in the category ‘Hybrid Product’. It was the first time that this award competition was organised in 8 different categories. The judgment was done by a team of industry experts, academia & design specialists.
Deceuninck CEO Tom Debusscherereceived the award from Martina Dlabajová (MEP) during the gala on Polytalk 2014 in Brussels on the 4th November 2014.
Polytalk is organised by PlasticsEurope to bring together high-level figures from the world of politics, industry, economy, science & academia along with the NGO community and civil society to address issues regarding sustainable growth, circular economy & new industrial revolution.
Traditional PVC window frames have galvanised steel inside to reinforce the window frame. In Deceuninck’sLinktrusion® technology (used in Zendow#neo windows), the steel is replaced by using an innovative reinforcement technology.
Linktrusion® is used in 2 ways – ascontinuous glass fibres embedded in the profile (200,000 metres of glass fibres are used in 1 metre of PVC window frame profile) or as a recycled PVC foam core with steel wires and PVC skin which is inserted in the profile.
Zendow#neo windows complemented by an insulating glass can obtain insulating values as low as 0.65 W/m²K (Uw).
The panel said: “We are impressed with the complexity of the process and the fine result in properties and sustainability enhancements”.
Deceuninck is amongst top 3 independent PVC window profile manufacturer in the World and operates 12 production facilities in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, the UK and the US. Deceuninck is listed on Euronext Brussels (ticker: DECB) and employs 2700 people in 25 countries. The sales in 2013 for the group were € 536.5 million with a net positive result of € 8.4 million. In August 2014 Deceuninck announced the acquisition of the Turkish Pimapen, which will add € 60 million of revenues.
BEE’s Window Labelling Program
Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Glazing Society of India (GSI) successfully organized the Fenestration Experts Meet on BEE’s Window Labelling Programme on 9th September 2014 at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. It was the third stakeholder meeting organized for Façade Manufacturers, Consultants and Experts in India to discuss and deliberate on the draft BEE’s Window Labelling Program for Energy performance. The draft Window Labelling Program is based on the inputs given by the BEE technical Committee and the background research done by CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
The gathering was addressed by Mr Sanjay Seth, Energy Economist, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Mr R Subramanian, Chairman, GSI and Managing Director, Saint Gobain Glass India Limited, Mr Mahesh Arumugam, Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Pvt Ltd. and the draft Window Labelling programme was presented by Prof Rajan Rawal, Executive Director, Centre for Advanced Research in Building Science and Energy, CEPT University.
Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, runs various programs in the country that labels products as energy efficient.
Along similar lines, BEE also has recognized importance of performance of window products and hasstarted preliminary work for Window Labelling program as a priority area. It has already constituted Window Labelling technical (WLP) committee which wasthe outcome of First Stakeholders meeting conducted in mid-2010.This technical committee is looking at various aspects of rolling out the Windowlabeling program and has met thrice to discuss the same with morefocus.
Objectives of BEE Window Labelling:
- To generate market momentum throughout the country for energy-efficient window products thatcan reduce energy requirements for the future.
- To develop supporting window program that will assist in compliance of ECBC code in the nation
- To develop window component testing facilities that can recognize, test and certify energy efficient window products
- To create awareness in consumers as well as designers for use of energy-efficient window products and provide market differentiations to the energy-efficient window manufacturers.
Based on review of international window labelling programs and discussions with stakeholders, thefollowing two labelling approaches were mainly considered for BEE Window Labelling Program:
- STAR Label
- Endorsement Label
Out of these, Endorsement Label is being recommended by the committee as of now considering the prevalent market conditions with an option to review the same in future.
More information and details on the BEE’s Window Labelling Programme can be obtained from Mr. Gohul Deepak, Director, Glazing Society of India. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org