Mahindra Lifespaces and TERI to establish 'Center of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats'
Key focus areas of the CoE will include energy and water efficiency and the use of low cost green materials. The CoE will also address the aforementioned gap in statistical datasets relevant to the Indian housing sector. The research output from the CoE will be shared with multiple stakeholder communities and wider industry participation/ contribution will be sought to increase capacity and reach. The CoE will be located at TERI’s Gual Pahari campus near Gurgaon, initially with a five-year horizon, with research initiatives split into modules based on priority and scale.
“With its firm conviction that efficient utilization of energy and natural resources is crucial to drive urban development in the right direction, TERI is appropriately placed to drive this agenda and we are happy to support the establishment of the CoE,” said Anita Arjundas, who was proud of the fact that this will take sustainability to a whole new level.
India is urbanising rapidly, with a significant part of its cityscapes under development. Green homes offer many opportunities to achieve widespread energy savings, while reducing costs and emissions. However, a major deterrent to the mainstreaming of greener homes in India is the lack of customized data pertinent to its climatically versatile geographies (India has five distinct climatic zones and buildings and materials behave differently in each zone!!).
Towards this end, Mahindra Lifespaces and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), which is one of India’s foremost research institutions, have announced the creation of a Center of Excellence (CoE) focused on improving energy efficiency in India’s residential buildings sector. The ‘Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats’ will evaluate both traditional and innovative technologies as well as alternative materials customized for Indian buildings as well as climate zones.