We all love our hi-tech gadgets and the comfort they lend to our lifestyle. But there is also a flip side to the technological advancement. Depleted natural resources, pollution, water contamination are all a result of the excessive industrialization and globalization. Hence “go green” rather than a trend is becoming increasingly a necessity.
How buildings are going green? Can LED lights help?
To reduce the impact on environmental degradation, several architects are developing eco-friendly buildings which are energy efficient and environment friendly. For instance, Wells Fargo for their new facility in Hyderabad wanted to acquire a Platinum Green Building status by reducing lighting energy consumption.
Businesses today prefer using energy efficient LED lights for office spaces. The advantages of using LED lights for office are many. They are eco-friendly and have a long service life.
Wipro Lighting solutions: Designed for environmental sustainability
Wipro lighting solutions reflect the ethos of environmental sustainability besides being technologically advanced and aesthetically appealing. For instance, these Wipro recessed Luminaries like Verge LED LM29 and Immaculate LED CRCO10 provide optimum lighting solution to all kind of office spaces. Equipped with High Efficiency Transclucence (HET) Diffuser, the LED light provides uniform illumination while significantly reducing energy consumption.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a credit-based rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) allows projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during the construction of the building. Projects which acquire a LEED certification utilize lesser water, energy and hence reduce greenhouse gas emissions, hence earning rating levels such as- Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Here are ten green buildings in India recognized by LEED.
- CII – Godrej GBC, Hyderabad
The building received the prestigious LEED Platinum Rating for New Construction (NC) v 2.0 in 2003. It is the first building outside the United States to receive the rating.
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- Wipro Technologies, Gurgaon
Wipro Technologies, Gurgaon received the distinguished LEED Platinum award with 57 points from the US Green building council in 2005, thus making it the second highest and the largest platinum rated green building in the world at that time. Some features of the project include- terrace gardens, open air landscaped courtyard, energy efficient lighting solution and so on.
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- Suzlon One Earth, Pune
The project used the concept “Office in the garden” and received LEED Platinum rating in 2010. It is one of the first buildings in India to be LEED certified and is entirely powered by onsite and offsite renewable sources. While 7% of the total energy consumption is met by onsite 18 hybrid wind turbines, the rest of the energy is met from offsite wind turbines. It’s designed to maximize daylight exposure, hence reducing artificial light consumption.
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- ITC Green Center, Gurgaon
Awarded the Platinum Green Building rating by USGBC-LEED (Green Building Council-Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the building adheres to the highest environmental standards. Spread across 1, 80,000 square feet, the facility is equipped with efficient system such as zero water discharge, storm water management system, solar thermal technology, etc. The building consumes 53% lower energy than a traditional building.
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- ITC Maurya, New Delhi
Next in the list is ITC Maurya, New Delhi, the first hotel building in the world to bag the Platinum rating under LEED® EB (Existing Building) program. Reflecting the values of responsible luxury, ITC Maurya, New Delhi, combines opulence with sustainable living. The building is eco embedded extending eco easy services.
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- Olympia Tech Park, Chennai
Encompassing an area of 1.8 million square feet, it is the largest building in India to be certified green and has been awarded the LEED Gold rating in 2007. It houses the best fortune-100 companies and is said to have the lowest energy consumption, high natural lighting systems and adheres to 100 percent water recycling and environment-friendly practices.
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- TCS Techno Park & Grundfos Pumps, Chennai
TCS Techno Park & Grundfos Pumps, Chennai houses thermal storage systems which makes the edifice unique. The thermal storage system is a unique mechanism that allows the storage of energy for later consumption. This system works well in regions that experience dramatic seasonal changes. For instance, during hot summer months, the solar heat is collected only to be used during rainy or winter months and vice-versa. This innovative system enables buildings and offices to cut down energy consumption significantly.
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- Nokia – Gurgaon
The Nokia building in Gurgaon was awarded the Green Building Award and the prestigious LEED ‘Gold’ rating. It also has acquired recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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- Patni (i-GATE) Knowledge Center, Noida
The building is designed in such a way that 75% of the interiors attract sunlight, and 50% of the area is reserved for open green spaces. It was awarded the LEED Platinum rating in 2008. The building relies upon efficient rain water harvesting system, drip irrigation and solar water heating.
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- Infinity Benchmark, Kolkata
Another LEED Platinum level certified green building, where the indoor air quality is maintained by CO2 monitoring sensors and intelligent humidification controls. The walls of the building are insulated and this naturally keeps the building cool during hot summer months. This is a formidable step towards energy conservation and sustainable growth.
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