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Construction : Web Exclusive | June 2014 | Source : Construction Update

Celebrating Green on World Environment Day

‘Raise your voice, not the sea level,’ says the United Nations Environment Programme on World Environment day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet today on World’s Environment Day says, "Along with government efforts, people's participation can make a big difference in creating a cleaner and greener planet." Analysing the ongoing building/construction trends, CW in the year 2011 dedicated a regular feature showcasing projects issue after issue (in its print edition) that exude the essence of eco-sensitivity. This year, CW joins in the celebration by sharing some of its classy green and sustainable projects that it has covered from 2013 till date, and the effort to recognise continues...

ZED Earth, Bengaluru

A residential enclave in Bengaluru by Biodiversity Conservation India (BCIL), ZED Earth villa received the SVAGRIHA 5-star rating. Developed on a built-up area of 3.30 lakh, ZED Earth has achieved an impressive 6,900 tonne of carbon savings through construction. Post-occupancy, the company has even developed a programme to train local residents to ensure the project stays green over the years; that way, it expects 1,970 tonne of carbon savings per annum.

ITC Grand Chola, Chennai

The LEED bug has bitten ITC Hotels, with Platinum already being the rating of choice for nine hotels in 2010-11! What’s more, the company is pushing the envelope of its stringent green policy. Consider the fact that the Chennai-based ITC Grand Chola has not just bagged the IGBC LEED but GRIHA’s 5-star rating as well, making the project, worth over Rs 1,000 crore, amongst the first five-star hotels to receive dual ratings.

SKF Factory, Ahmedabad

Four years ago, SKF decided to improve its response to environmental challenges on a global level. Among India’s first bearing factories to receive IGBC’s Gold certification, SKF Ahmedabad, is proof of that commitment. “The thought of building a green bearing factory was path-breaking in itself,” says Shishir Joshipura, Managing Director and Country Head, SKF India.

The International Centre for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development, Jaipur

Here’s how an institute initially conceptualised over 100,000 sq ft went on to span over 330,000 sq ft with a site area of about 16 acre – and become the ideal showcase for green technologies! In 2010, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) awarded Dubai-based architect Arkiplan International and Jaipur-based green consultant Kamal Cogent Energy the job to build The International Centre for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development (iCED) in Jaipur. Registered under the GRIHA 5-Star rating. iCED consists of a service block, an academic building, one hostel building, a sports block, bungalows, transit apartments and support staff facilities.

HIL’s AAC Blocks Plant, Golan

Meeting the growing demands for aerated autoclaved concrete (AAC) blocks in Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan is Hyderabad Industries Ltd (HIL). What’s more, with its green product, the company’s ACC blocks manufacturing plant in Golan received the CII-GreenCo Gold rating and gained an eligibility for about 35,000-40,000 carbon emission reductions per annum by UNFCCC. That said, consider this: One carbon credit is equivalent to 1 tonne of carbon dioxide.

ONGC’s Commercial Building, Dehradun

When power, water, air and materials came together in an innovative and sustainable manner on a brownfield site, the outcome was ONGC’s commercial office in Dehradun. Located in the heart of the city, the building has been designed and built according to IGBC’s LEED Platinum rating. A first-of-its-kind in the country in terms of design, its USP is a green roof that spreads over 1.5 acre. The idea was to create an impression of the surrounding area being lifted up and the office building placed underneath it. Designed for two towers with a basement + ground + four floors, the wide upper atrium incorporates the reception and waiting area and the lower atrium opens up to an outdoor deck that steps down to a public plaza.

Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, New Delhi

Flanked by the beautiful heritage architecture of Edwin Lutyens along Janpath in New Delhi, the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, is a beautiful structure. Moreover, it is also the first Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant government building in India. Designed and constructed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the building wasn’t originally designed to be ‘green’. Along the way, CPWD incorporated a few changes such as the passive solar design for the building and, thereon, from the design to material specification, special measures were taken keeping the green aspect in mind. Soon after its completion, it received Gold certification from the IGBC-LEED under New Construction (NC- version 1).

Chimes Office Building, Gurgaon

The Chimes office space in Gurgaon is not just a building – it’s an organic entity developed to create an accessible public space that brings nature within the building, thus symbolising life. And it is this green life that has won the Chimes Group IGBC’s LEED Gold (Core & Shell) certification. The building has been designed by Sushil L Karer and Aashish Karode, Principal Architects, Design Atelier and Wipro has served as the LEED facilitator.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s office, Mumbai

Located in a conventional building, JLL has demonstrated that sustainability can be successfully implemented in an office space by achieveing teh LEED PLatinum certification. With a built-up area of 13,700 sq ft, carpet area of 8,000 sq ft and comprising about 150 work stations, the space is based on an open office concept with seven centrally placed meeting rooms.

Grundfos India’s headquarters, Chennai

Receiving a green certification is no easy feat. Ask Grundfos India, whose headquarters was already the first Gold-rated green building in India by USGBC. During this period, the structure was energy-efficient, offered provisions to recycle sewage and included rainwater harvesting facilities along with solar collectors and photovoltaics. And now, it is a LEED EB (Existing Building) Platinum-certified building!

Indira Pariyavaran Bhawan, New Delhi

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) is now practising what it preaches. Its new office building – Indira Pariyavaran Bhawan – in New Delhi, is not only a strong contender for the IGBC LEED Platinum certificate, but has already received the GRIHA Provisional 5-Star rating. The RCC-framed structure consists of three basements and two blocks, one of Ground + 6 and the other of Ground + 7 floors. With a total plot area of 9,565 sq m and basement area of 11,826 sq m, the super structure area is 19,088 sq m and the total plinth area is 30,914 sq m.

GAIL’s Chhainsa project, Haryana

It’s green — and everyone knows it! GAIL’s administration building spread across 11,161 sq m at Chhainsa in Haryana has received a GRIHA 4-star provisional rating. The green structure comprises office space for 45 people along with all facilities including offices, conference and meeting room, canteen and other ancillary requirements. A total of 88 points were applicable to the project of which the project attempted 79; the project scored 76 of 88 points. After twelve months of building occupancy, the project shall strive to achieve a 5 star as final rating for this building.

Bearys Global Research Triangle, Bengaluru

The Bearys Global Research Triangle (BGRT), a research park has been awarded the Platinum LEED certification by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). Spread across 13.5 lakh sq ft, the Bengaluru-based project is developed by Bearys Group and boasts of multiple green features.
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