Prelim 998

With reference to Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), consider the following statements?
1. The ratings have been developed jointly by TERI and Ministry of Environment and Forests.
2. GRIHA rating is mandatory for establishment of any new industrial building.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Explanation :
GRIHA is a rating tool that helps people assesses the performance of their building 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, will seek to strike a balance between the established practices and emerging concepts, both national and international. GRIHA was conceived by TERI and developed jointly with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
GRIHA is a voluntary building rating system that has been instrumental in raising awareness and popularizing green design. It has not been made mandatory. This tool, by its qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria, is able to ‘rate’ a building on the degree of its ‘greenness’. Hence, both the statements are wrong.