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The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Certification is a nationally recognized third-party endorsement of green building features in a project. Used by property buyers and tenants alike, the certification conveys an efficient and high performance building with lower running costs.

GRIHA certification levels


What Is It

What is GRIHA and It's Objective

In India, the realm of green buildings undergone significant transformations, witnessing remarkable advancements. Notably, TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) innovatively developed GRIHA, a groundbreaking invention. TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) developed GRIHA. GRIHA is a comprehensive Indian green building rating tool. In 2007, the Government of India adopted GRIHA. GRIHA has significantly contributed to assessing and improving the performance and sustainability of buildings.

The construction of buildings profoundly impacts not only the immediate surroundings but also the broader urban landscape. Unfortunately, prevalent building practices contribute negatively to the environment, reflecting a disregard for ethical and responsible resource utilization. GRIHA addresses this issue by integrating recommended green building strategies, techniques, and innovations to minimize the environmental footprint of construction projects.

Resource exploitation, waste generation, and inappropriate material use are key concerns in conventional building practices in India. GRIHA intervenes to preserve the environment’s pristine nature. It aims to mitigate the adverse environmental impact by reducing resource consumption, waste generation, and improper material utilization. Through the adoption of ideal green building practices and smart technologies, GRIHA seeks to harmonize building construction with the environment.

GRIHA’s primary goal is to inspire and drive innovation in minimizing the carbon footprint of products, materials, and equipment. It promotes alternatives that are renewable, recycled, reusable, and eco-friendly. The rating system, with its comprehensive qualitative and quantitative assessment, accurately evaluates green buildings. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has recognized the effectiveness of GRIHA and embraced it. as a reliable tool for evaluating and endorsing sustainable construction practices in India.

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GRIHA is India's indigenous green building certification. 

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GRIHA Criteria and Certification Levels

GRIHA establishes criteria across ten environmental sections and a bonus section in its diverse rating systems, each requiring compliance for desired ratings. The criteria include, appraisals detailed in dedicated manuals, offering guidance on green building measures, sustainable practices, calculations, analysis, and document preparation for proof of compliance. Each rating system, like ‘GRIHA v.2019,’ comprehensively provides essential resources for practical implementation, covering a wide array of aspects for sustainable construction and design.

  1. Sustainable Site Planning (SSP) – 12%
  2. Construction Management (CM) – 4%
  3. Energy Optimization (EO) – 18%
  4. Occupant Comfort (OC) – 12%
  5. Water Management (WM) – 16%
  6. Solid Waste Management (SWM) – 6%
  7. Sustainable Building Materials (SBM) – 12%
  8. Life Cycle Costing (LCC) – 5%
  9. Socio-Economic Strategies (SES) – 8%
  10. Performance Metering and Monitoring (PMM) – 7%
  11. Innovation (For extra 5 points)

A total of thirty criteria are divided into the above eleven sections. To achieve points under these criteria, it is required for the project team to comply with all necessary requirements as stated in the guidance manual which is available online on the GRIHA website. Certain codes and standards as locally applicable need to be mandatorily followed. Certain benchmarks set by GRIHA or governing authorities need to be met and exceeded accordingly. Along with precise practical implementation of suggested green building measures on site, the project team needs to ensure that enough documentary proof is also compiled as per GRIHA. Upon fulfilling all the compliance, a project is awarded rating on the basis of percentile threshold as mentioned below:

  • 25-40: 1 star
  • 41-55: 2 stars
  • 56-70: 3 stars
  • 71-85: 4 stars
  • 86 and more: 5 stars

The World of Green Building Certifications:

Different GRIHA Certifications

  • CSVAGRIHA (Simple Versatile Affordable GRIHA):

This rating was developed to spread the idea of green buildings among the general public and inspire people with aspirations for small-scale development to register for this green building rating system and eventually avail the design guidance that comes along with it. Any construction project with a built-up area of 100 m2 ≤ x ≤ 2500 m2 is eligible for certification under SVAGRIHA V. 3. The building typology includes residential plots, residential flats, bungalows, commercial shops, offices, etc.

  • GRIHA Rating:

GRIHA v.2019 can be attempted for any new construction project with a built-up area of more than 2500 m2 (excluding parking, basement area, and typical buildings). The building typologies include offices, mixed-use development, hospitals, colleges and universities, institutions, hotels, museums, etc.

  • GRIHA for Affordable Housing:

This rating system has been introduced for and intricately aligned with government schemes related to the provision of affordable housing to every family like ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ (PMAY). The projects being developed under ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ (PMAY) need to submit a sanction letter, as proof, issued by any central or state government authority.

  • GRIHA EB (Existing Buildings):

All existing operational buildings falling under building typologies like residential buildings, housing societies, offices, hotels, hospitals, institutional buildings, etc. with built-up areas of more than 2500 m2 can apply for this rating system.

  • GRIHA for Existing Day Schools:

This rating system was introduced specially to involve students along with teachers at ground-level to contribute their bit towards adopting a sustainable lifestyle and understanding the importance of green building features. All-day schools that have been in operation for a minimum of 1 year can apply for this rating system.

  • GRIHA LD (Large Development):

Large development at urban level include mixed-use townships (residential, commercial, and recreational), Campus planning (Healthcare, Educational, and institutional), and SEZs (Special Economic Zones). Any large development project having a total site area equal to or greater than 50 hectares can register for the GRIHA LD rating.


GRIHA for CITIES is a one-of-a-kind rating in the Indian market. This rating focuses and emphasizes on sustainable measures that can be adopted throughout the many stages of a city’s development. Performance benchmarks and efficiency in resource consumption are set for Water, Energy, and Waste mainly. Inclusion of smart technologies, social well-being facilities, and efficient & affordable transportation are also some of the features that need to be mandatorily included.

Each of the above ratings are detailed systems of credits and prerequisites. The certification process is equally complex. Consult a green building specialist to determine which rating system your project should adopt to reap the maximum benefit out of the certification without paying extra for the same brand. 


GRIHA Registration and Rating Procedure

GRIHA’s rating procedure follows a systematic approach throughout various project stages. The process unfolds as follows:

1. Online registration:

Upon deciding to apply for GRIHA certification, the project team initiates the process by completing the online form on the GRIHA website. After payment of registration fees, GRIHA provides the client with login details for its online portal, where project-related documents are uploaded.

2. Orientation workshop:

Following successful registration, GRIHA organizes an orientation workshop conducted by high-level council and team members. The workshop includes a detailed presentation on GRIHA’s work process, rating systems, government incentives, criteria, and a mutual preparation of a green building scorecard specific to the project.

3. Due diligence I:

GRIHA officials conduct a site visit once the plinth level stage is reached to assess on-site adoption of construction-related and mandatory green building measures. A due diligence I report is uploaded within 15-20 working days of the visit, with the project team responding with a compliance report.

4. Due diligence II:

Another site visit is conducted by GRIHA officials once the building’s structure is complete to check installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components, among other aspects. A due diligence II report is uploaded within 15-20 working days of the visit, followed by the project team submitting its compliance report.

5. Submission of documents:

As the project nears completion, all green building-related documents are submitted on GRIHA’s online portal.

6. Preliminary evaluation:

GRIHA begins a detailed evaluation of the project documentation, checking compliance with criteria. An initial evaluation report is provided within 60 working days of the documentation upload.

7. Final due diligence:

A final site visit is conducted once the project’s construction is complete to verify the implementation of green building features. A final due diligence report is uploaded within 15-20 working days of the visit.

8. Final evaluation:

GRIHA prepares the project’s final scorecard based on documentation and site visit reports within 30 working days, determining the final rating.

9. Award of letter and certificate:

GRIHA awards the final certificate and letter to the client upon completion of the final evaluation, valid for 5 years.

10. Additional due diligence Green awareness drive:

GRIHA organizes an additional workshop or seminar to educate building occupants and staff about green building features and sustainability.

11. Rating renewal:

Project teams apply for renewal nearing expiration, either through a detailed audit report prepared by a BEE-certified energy auditor or by registering under the GRIHA EB rating for another 5 years upon compliance.

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GRIHA Professional Credentials

GRIHA Council manages the credential maintenance and accreditation process for people interested in acquiring such credentials. There are different types of credentials that one can earn, including:

  • GRIHA Certified Professional (GRIHA CP)

In order to select a project team that works on your GRIHA Certification project, it is important to hire the technically qualified personnel, who can be GRIHA Credentialed. Which level of credentials are sufficient for your project team members and for your consultants can be explained better by a green building specialist so your team can function without having to wait for personnel to get trained (or not). 

GRIHA Key Features

GRIHA is an extremely dedicated and passionate professional body who as a team is always ready to work diligently towards achieving their aim through their clients. It is well-known that as a certification body, sitting on top of the pyramid, it’s role is to supervise everything orderly but fortunately that’s not all. GRIHA’s rating system has been developed such that all the new buildings, including the ones that are still being conceptualized, can refer GRIHA’s manual including detailed guidance and strategies for design processes and necessary evaluation.

Unlike other rating systems adopted in India, GRIHA emphasizes greatly on life cycle cost analysis, a criterion that is still unknown to a huge percentage of people in our country.

This analysis is carried out to assess the payback period for the collective strategies adopted across various categories in the GRIHA rating system such as sustainable building materials, water management, energy efficiency etc.

GRIHA’s involvement for necessary green building related evaluations takes place in the following stages of a building’s life cycle:

  • Pre-construction stage:

  • In this stage, various site level issues are evaluated and addressed before the construction starts such as location, climatology, site surroundings, adjacent built environment, condition of property land, natural topographical conditions, proximity to public transport etc.
  • Building planning and construction stages:

  • In this stage, various issues regarding conservation and efficient utilization of resources like site, energy, air, water and vegetation are evaluated. Reduction in resource demand and re-usage of resources used is also evaluated. Apart from resource efficiency, provisions for occupant health and well-being are also considered.
  • Building operation and maintenance stage:

  • All the evaluations carried out under this stage are of utmost importance. These include assessment of operation and maintenance of all the installed building systems and equipment, smart monitoring of energy and water consumption, waste segregation and safe disposal systems and surveying the occupants’ regarding their comfort and practices adopted by them to contribute towards smooth functioning of that green building.

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Pros and Cons of Implementation

GRIHA Certification acts as a crucial tool for conveying a project’s green building attributes to stakeholders like buyers, tenants, and financiers. However, securing success requires meticulous planning, starting from architect selection to project design and construction phases.

Comprehensive training for project personnel is essential, emphasizing early technical analyses during design to avoid costly mistakes. This includes intricate computer-based analyses such as energy simulations, daylight assessments, and material lifecycle cost calculations, all vital for green building design.

Failure to adhere to GRIHA codes and standards during project development, despite fee payment, can hinder certification attainment. Thus, project controllers must prioritize adherence and provide support to the design team through a dedicated green building specialist.

Achieving GRIHA Certification is a noteworthy accomplishment, offering government incentives, market credibility, and increased project valuation. Displaying the certification prominently within the building inspires stakeholder confidence and highlights the project’s commitment to environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

While the GRIHA Certification plaque and certificate boost project prestige, careful consideration of associated constraints is crucial. Project controllers should consistently assist the design team in overcoming challenges to ensure certification success.

Consulting with a green building specialist is recommended for a deeper understanding of the benefits and challenges tied to implementing GRIHA Certification. Discover how your project can leverage the certification’s goodwill to deliver a technically superior, environmentally conscious, socially responsible, and economically viable building. Reach out to a specialist today to explore potential advantages for your project.


How Does It Work


Just after the registration process, the project can also work towards Precertification. Though this step is optional, it can be used to avail certain government incentives such as FAR and for marketing to prospective buyers and tenants. A thorough submission is required, almost at par with the final documentation.


During this phase of the project, the green building specialist plays a vital role in advising the project teams and preparing analysis reports, calculations and other forms of implementation documentation for submission to the GRIHA Council. The project needs to not only specify as per GRIHA but also submit proofs of implementation to the certifying body.


The Certification is awarded at the end of construction almost at the time of handover of the project to the end users. The certification body can visit the project and through third party evaluators carry out detailed checking of the documents submitted, and revert with a review requiring a response and submission of additional clarifications.


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Do you have any questions?

Making a green project is committing to making a better living environment for end users and creating assets that appreciate over time. The brand value of GRIHA Certification is a market catalyst that boosts sales and brings prestige to the project.

The registration and certification fee is payable in full right at the beginning of the project.

Yes, the certification body (GRIHA Council) does depute its officers multiple times to inspect the physical presence of the materials claimed in the documentation at the time of the final certification. The team can also check and validate other design and construction related parameters.

There are a number of courses available on the  GRIHA website. We strongly advise candidates to do self study of the manuals and take mock tests to prepare for the GRIHA CP exams as these are sufficient.

No. GRIHA Council and all its related entities are private entities. As explained in the Introduction section, GRIHA certification is a voluntary rating that can taken by projects for various reasons including marketing, energy efficiency, better quality of built environment, or for availing any incentives whether given by government or non-government organizations.

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