With bleaching coral reefs, rising global temperature and melting ice caps – Mother Earth is dying. Thanks to the concept of green buildings, we are able to save our only source of life – The Earth. India is amongst the few countries spearheading the green building movement worldwide. The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is a part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in the year 2001. The council’s vision was to build a feasible environment for India by 2025. Let’s look at some of the benefits of green building.
And to bring the efforts of some of the top pioneers in limelight, here we are listing the top 10 green buildings in India.
1. Suzlon One Earth, Pune
This significantly unique office is designed by Christopher Charles, Pune based architect and has received LEED Platinum rating in 2010. To ignite our eyes, he and his partner came up with the concept “Office in the garden”. Spread over 10 acres, this magnificent structure is one of the largest green building projects of the country and is also one of the India’s first buildings to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
Suzlon one earth is 100% powered by onsite and offsite renewable sources. The campus has 18 hybrid wind turbines that fulfil 7% of the total energy consumption, the rest of energy demand is met from offsite wind turbines. The structure is designed in a way to ensure maximum daylight exposure thereby reducing artificial lighting consumption. The infrastrutcture within the campus is designed to enable water percolation and thereby control storm water runoff thus, contributing towards an increased water table level.
2. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad
India’s 6th busiest airport, which is situated in the downtown of Hyderabadhas set a benchmark for the green buildings in India.
The structure of the airport is designed in a way so as to consume less water, electricity and conserves natural resources. Within the campus of the airport, there is a green belt of 273 hectares with numerous plants. In the last couple of years, RGIA has been successful in saving energy for nearly 3.97 million kWh and have reduced the carbon footprint by 3331 tons.
3. CII- Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad
This architectural masterpiece has set the world’s best example of passive architectural design. The CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center (GBC) was the was the first building outside of the US to be awarded LEED platinum rating at the time of its inaugration. The buildingdoesn’t let out any waste and recycles it all within. It can be said that building is literally made up of only recycled materials.
4. Infosys Limited, Mysore
Located in the city of palaces, this green building is an awe-inspiring structure is the third Infosys building to win a Platinum rating, taking the total Platinum certified building area at Infosys to 780,000 sq ft. The 5 storey structure has been built keeping in mind a holistic approach to sustainability in five key areas, including – Sustainable site development, Water savings, Energy efficiency, Materials selection and Indoor environmental quality.The smart mechanism and efficient equipments lead to 40% of less energy consumption.
5. Infinity Benchmark, Kolkata
At the time of its inauguration, this 20 storey structure which is spread over 5,60,000sq.feet was 7th building in the world to receive the LEED Platinum rating. The building is furnished with Co2 monitor sensors, rainwater harvesting, waste water recycling system and humidification controls. The exterior of the building is made of brick wall block while the roof comprises of deck thick polyurethane foam for better insulation.
6. I-Gate Knowledge Centre, Noida
Next on the list of green buildings is the Patni Knowledge Centre with the prestigious platinum LEED rating. The building is built over 4,60,000 sq.ft. in Suburban Noida and is designed in a way that it captures 73% of daylight within the office. Nearly 50% of land is covered with grass which doesn’t let wastes and sewage water go out.
7. Bank Of India, Goa
A world of eco-friendly lights and air-conditioning, intelligent glazing, modern capsule lifts, and indoor fountains – this is what sums of this popular bank in Goa. The building uses Nano Misty Blue, softening colour glass manufactured by Saint Gobin Glass, India for producing the cool effect and saving energy. The glass has solar control and thermal insulation properties. The building is a complete package of modern look of today’s bank.
8. Ansal Esencia, 67 Sector, Gurgaon
This is another masterpiece by Indian architects that wants to be a part of the Green eco Revolution. The features of this building are viable sources of energy; all electronics are made for maximum energy conservation, splendid bicycle tracks, environ benches, bins, poles and bus stops and drought resistant campus.
9. Biodiversity Conservation India Ltd. (BCIL), Bangalore
In 1994, BCIL was established when green building concept was foreign to all of us and was something one could not locate even with long-range radar. The building was established with an aim of creating eco-friendly living habitats, especially in the urban space. It is a wonderful example of smart homes where one can turn lights off using mobile phones.
That’s not all. The building has 44 interconnected rainwater percolation wells that lead to a 400,000 litre water tank. The building makes use of central reverse osmosis system to purify water without the use of chemicals. Grey water is directed to the gardens, toilets and for washing cars.
10. Olympia Tech Park Chennai
Located in technological nerve centre of the city, Olympia Tech Park is one of the largest and most sought after IT parks in Namma Chennai. This majestic structure is worldwide famous for being the first green building of its size (1.8 million sq.ft.) and has some of the best fortune-100 companies operating in it.
Rated as one of the largest LEED Gold ratig buildings of the world, this tech park has the lowest energy consumption, high natural lighting systems, 100 per cent water recycling and other environment-friendly practices.
Studies says, By 2030 the Indian building stock is expected to reach 100 billion square feet compared to the existing 25 billion square feet. And to add on to the number, we are coming up with our latest green building project in the heart of Chennai.
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