With the growing population, India has to not only provide adequate housing, commercial buildings, infrastructure, institutions etc. to cater to the basic shelter needs and the growing aspirational needs of people but also to ensure that the process is environmentally sustainable. In recent times, there has been a greater consciousness about environmental degradation and alternatives to cement are being actively considered. Materials which use less water and other natural resources and require less energy to be maintained are increasingly being preferred by Government town planners in India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has developed an organization called Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) along with TERI to ensure that more and more Green Buildings are created. Clear parameters have been defined to indicate what constitutes a green building.