About MT CoE

The Mahindra TERI Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Sustainable Habitat was established through a memorandum of understanding signed between Mahindra Lifespaces & The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in the year 2016. The CoE is located at TERI’s Gwal Pahari Campus in Gurgaon and has been operational since June 2018.

The vision of the Centre of Excellence is to build a greener urban future by developing energy-efficient solutions tailored to Indian climates. The objective of the CoE is to develop a repository of innovative materials and technologies in context of the Indian building sector and climates. The focus will be on market-ready, scalable and viable technologies to support and encourage the real estate industry. Under the on-going phase scope, the research scope covers the following:

Standardization & Measurement of Building Materials Material Database, Thermal properties
Building Envelope Studies Wall & roof insulation, Thermal Mass, Integrated fenestration systems, Sky models
Comfort Studies Thermal comfort studies, Visual comfort studies
Sustainable Water Use in Habitats Water efficiency, Water conservation, Water management

The research outcomes aim to amplify the implementation of energy-efficient building solutions, resource-efficient practices, generation of performance data, and metrics to assess building stock in India. The research outputs will be accessible freely for public use in the form of guidelines, matrices and toolkits, uploaded on CoE’s website. The dissemination of research outcomes through expert site visits, webinars, workshops and reports, flyers etc., is likely to benefit the building industry at large.

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The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research institute focused on energy, environment and sustainable development and devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. Since its inception in 1974, TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its path-breaking research, and is a global brand widely respected by political leaders, policy makers, corporate entities as well as the civil society at large.

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Established in 1994, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd. (MLDL) is the real estate and infrastructure development business of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, and a pioneer of sustainable urbanisation in India. The Company is committed to transforming India’s urban landscape through its residential developments under the ‘Mahindra Lifespaces’ and ‘Happinest’ brands; and through its integrated cities and industrial clusters under the ‘Mahindra World City’ and ‘Origins by Mahindra World City’ brands.

Mahindra Lifespaces is driven by its credo of ‘Sell genuinely, Build responsibly, Deliver on time’ to develop innovative, customer-focused solutions that are rooted in a legacy of trust and transparency. The Company’s development footprint spans 25.3 million sq. ft. (2.3 million sq. m.) of completed, ongoing and forthcoming residential projects across seven Indian cities; and over 5000 acres of ongoing and forthcoming projects under development/management at its integrated developments / industrial clusters across four locations.

A pioneer of the green homes movement, Mahindra Lifespaces is one of the first real estate companies in India to have committed to the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The Company’s developments are characterised by thoughtful design and a welcoming environment that enhance overall quality of life for both individuals and industries.

Mahindra Lifespaces has been ranked 17th among India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces 2019, by the Great Place To Work Institute.

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CoE Facility Design Features

Near-Zero Energy Building

Generating its own energy requirement through the use of solar as a renewable energy source

Effective Daylight Integration

Leading To Reduction In Artificial Lighting Loads
Total Living Area (sq.m.) 123.03
Total Daylight Zone Area (sq.m.) 120.15
Percentage of living area falling under Daylight zone(sq.m.) 97.66
  • Passive design strategies for ventilation, glazing, and fenestration for reducing direct heat gain & glare while maximizing daylight penetration

Energy Efficient HVAC and Lighting Appliances

Total Building Area 199.05 sq. m
Lighting Power Density (LPD) 6.38 W/sq. m
Total Lighting Load 1271 W
LPD Benchmark (SVA GRIHA) 10.8 W/sq. m

Water savings through low-flow CP and sanitary fixtures

Water Use Reduction 48.46%

Energy efficiency through building envelope

Spray-foam insulation on roof to minimize cooling loads

Savings achieved with 2” XPS insulation on Roof:

Proposed case Without roof insulation Savings %
HVAC load (TR) 8 10 20
HVAC energy consumption (kWh) 15,295 18,340 16.6
Installation of double-glazed uPVC doors and windows

Energy efficient HVAC installation through BEE 5-star rated inverter ACs

Locally sourced materials

Leading to Low Carbon Footprint
  • AAC blocks for infill.
  • Hollow concrete blocks for Jali wall.
  • Bricks courses altered to accommodate wall planters.
  • PPC for all concrete works.

Drought Resistant Native Species

Leading To Water Savings
Reduction in landscape water demand (in %) 48.12