Green Building Projects in India
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| Accepted definitions of green buildings describe them as structures that ensure efficient use of materials, water, energy and other resources without depletion of nature and minimal generation of non-degradable waste. The concept of green buildings was prevalent in India from the time of our ancestors who revered the five elements of nature. Today, India can boast of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified green buildings ranging from residential complexes, exhibition centers, hospitals, and educational institutions to laboratories, IT parks, airports, government buildings and corporate offices. This list of top 10 green buildings in India gives special mention to those extraordinary structures that have left an indelible mark in the green construction industry. Suzlon Energy Limited - Pune
Several accolades continue to shower upon Suzlon’s global headquarter in Pune - “One Earth” - ever since the facility has been LEED ‘Platinum’ rated and certified as an eco-friendly building by the Green Building Council. Built to perfection on an area of 41,000 square meters (10.13 acres), One Earth can be counted as among the largest green building projects in India and is living proof that our world can be replenished with a little green effort, everyday.
One Earth can house 2,300 people and was constructed at a lower cost compared to other eco-friendly buildings of the same size http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/09/suzlon-headquarters-in-india-leed- platinum-living-laboratory/suzlon-one-earth-headquarters-7/
Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd (BCIL) - Bangalore
As a green builder who strives for the conservation of diversity in vegetation, forests, culture and urban lifestyles, BCIL has created some of the most energy-efficient residential homes India has ever set eyes upon. The company’s TZed homes in Whitefield, Bangalore has been certified as the first residential apartment in the world to be rated ‘Platinum’ under LEED. TZed, which means “Towards Zero Energy Development” is a 2,49,000 sq.ft. green project spread across 5.5 acres and is designed to reduce lighting and energy by nearly 70 per cent.
No home at BCIL TZed Homes uses incandescent lamps, halogens and fluorescent tubelights http://www.civilsocietyonline.com/April08/april081.asp
Olympia Technology Park - Chennai
The world’s largest LEED ‘Gold’ rated green building is right here in India. Built on an area of 1.8 million sq. ft., this futuristic masterpiece features three mighty towers on 8.4 acre greenery. Constructed with energy saving technology, autoclaved blocks containing 30 per cent flyash, wooden door-frames made from compressed sawdust and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints, Olympia is green and eco-friendly in every sense of the word.
Olympia's green construction is compatible with the needs of an IT company and also ensures efficient space utilisation http://www.olympiatechpark.com/current%20status.htm
ITC Green Centre - Gurgaon
Renowned as one of the early adopters of the green building movement in India, the ITC Green Centre is still considered a benchmark for green buildings. It was the first 'Platinum' rated building in India and has endeavored to adopt green practices that go beyond recycled waste and day-lit offices. Within a built-in area of 180,000 sq.ft., the building features alternative transportation facilities, storm water management system, solar thermal technology, reflective high-albedo roof paint, minimal exterior lighting, separate smoking rooms with exhaust system and zero-water discharge.
More than 10% of the building materials are refurbished from other sites and 40% are from...
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