TERI, DuPont ink MoU on green building designs

April 3rd, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI/Business Wire): The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and DuPont on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the cause of green building design and certification in India.

The MoU was as signed between Thomas F. Schuler, Vice President and General Manager, DuPont Building Innovations and Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI at the Talking Tomorrow Lecture Series organized by TERI BCSD India, a strong industry body of 76 corporate members that engage with TERI on sustainable development, environmental management and corporate responsibility.

Speaking at the event, Thomas said, DuPont has a long tradition of using science and innovation to deliver advanced products to the marketplace, enabling architects and designers to build sustainable, cost-efficient building.

Mili Majumdar, head of TERI’s Green Building GRIHA project while commending the efforts of DuPont said, Buildings are responsible for at least 40 per cent of energy use in most countries and are major contributors to global emissions. Energy efficiency in buildings is very crucial in Indian context since construction sector is growing at a very fast pace. TERI has been in the forefront of spreading knowledge on energy efficiency in built environment over several years and this MoU shall enable spread awareness and information on - applicability of building wraps and vapour breathable radiant barriers in making of energy efficient buildings.

TERI and DuPont are thought builders in the area of sustainable building design and DuPont is a leading provider of science-based building innovations in this area. Through this memorandum of understanding they agreed to jointly promote the cause of green building design and certification in India.

TERI and DuPont also agreed on the need to have vapour breathability for a sound building envelope in the hot or mixed climate zones in India, where using vapour barriers could lead to moisture problems. Subject to approval by the Technical Advisory Committee set up by the Government of India, TERI agrees to recognize the effective design and use of air and water barriers in the building envelope, under the GRIHA rating system for Green Buildings. (ANI)

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