IIT Bhilai permanent campus masterplan receives GRIHA 5-star rating
On the occasion of World Environment Day, the master plan of the main campus of Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai received a 5-star GRIHA rating. GRIHA is an acronym for "Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment". It is a rating tool that helps to assess the performance of buildings against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks. It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a ‘green building’. The rating system, based on accepted energy and environmental principles, seeks to strike a balance between established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international.
The IIT Bhilai permanent campus project has made significant progress over the last few months in terms of construction. The campus has been planned on a sustainable development model, with various green-building features incorporated and integrated within the design itself. Roads with tree-lined avenues and parking lots have been provided and the campus is designed to be pedestrian friendly, encouraging minimal use of vehicles by residents. Green spaces and gardens have been provided to reduce the heat island impact. Within various zones, the circulation system avoids clashes between vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and joggers. Through such meticulous planning, IIT Bhilai continues to reiterate its commitment to the environment and preserving the ecosystem.