inspired to be

Volume 9

for those inspired by green, written by the experts in green

Dear Inspired Readers,
It is my pleasure to present Building you Volume Resource 9 along with a “Green Guide” which helps you in selection of Green Building Materials. It can be quite a struggle to identify companies supplying LEED/ IGBC or GRIHA compliant products and selecting the products which are contributing to a maximum number of credits. The last month we have spoken to many architects, builders and consultants to get a clear picture of what products can support the project in the best way. In our Resource Guide you will find many well known companies along with a guidance on the green parameters of the product. I am delighted to include a showcase about the Anna Library and Max Hospital as well as Interviews with Mr Niranjan Hiranandani and Mr Chitty Babu who have given me a lot of hope that more and more builders will be devoted to Green Buildings. Now I can only wish you a lot of inspiration and success for your Green Building projects! Stay inspired,

Mr Niranjan Hiranandani and his motivation to go green



An outlook about LEED For Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance

A visit to Chennai’s first Green Library

Green Building Resources Guide

Future of green buildings, and technologies

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Success Story of Inspired to be Green’s Zero Energy Space Interview with Mr T Chitty Babu, Chairman & CEO Akshaya Homes Pvt. Ltd


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Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani

Hiranandani Group is known for projects of Hiranandani Gardens, Hiranandani Business Park Powai & Thane, Hiranandani Upscale Chennai and Bangalore and 23 Marina, Dubai. The group has continually pioneered newer technologies, bold design and precision engineering to create landmark residential townships and commercial complexes. Propelled by the drive to change expectations and the lifestyle of people Hiranandani has ushered in an era marked by higher standards of living and global lifestyle. What is the motivation building activity? behind your “green”


iranjan Hiranandani, Founder of Hirco and Cofounder of the Hiranandani Group in discussion with Isabelle, Editor Inspired to be Green.

Humans are a part of nature so I think it is naturally that we are going for green buildings. The Hiranandani Group wants to build better communities and we are not only focusing on one building, we want to transform a whole area to an environmentally friendly community. Decades ago when we entered in the construction field our aim was to construct our buildings with consideration of the environment. To construct buildings and whole townships has certainly a huge impact on the environment, and our target is to transform the surroundings in a positive way, increasing the biodiversity and creating beautiful place to live. Let us talk about the commercial aspects of Green Buildings, we know that there is a certain incremental cost involved, how do you face that challenge? I think we need to see the “commercials” in a different way. If you can transform a part of a city from a construction land into

a green garden and natural reserve the “payback” happens in a different way. Another reason for us to go for green buildings is that lot of buyers favor green buildings surrounded by gardens and natural forest compared to other modern but very tight construction developments. For us the environment is a top priority and we have taken a lot of initiatives to make Hiranandani Gardens in Powai to one of the greenest places in Mumbai, the success speaks for itself. Can you tell me a little bit more about your “Green” activities? We have to think beyond our borders, for us “Green” is not only restricted to the buildings. With a lot of efforts we are creating a whole green environment, to give back a part of land to nature. In Powai we have restored barren areas as well as created beautiful landscapes all around our buildings, walkways and streets. 40 percent of the land is used for the purpose of greenery and open spaces. We have planted over four lakh trees at Powai and created more than 100 acres of gardens and forest in that area.

and his motivation to go GREEN...
Ten years ago the 209-metre tall Powai hill, was completely deforested, a victim of extensive quarrying activities. Left to the quarries there would have been no hill there today. The Hiranandani Group purchased the hill from quarry owners, shut down the quarries and took up a massive afforestation programme. This is perhaps the largest environmental initiative by any private developer in India. Afforestation has helped in conserving soil and maintaining the ecological balance. Proof of this can be seen both in the greenery restored in the hills and the animal life found today, which include over twenty-five exotic species of birds, otherwise found in a natural forest only. A survey found rare birds such as Roseringed Parakeet, Koel, Whitebreasted Kingfisher, Pied Myna, Jungle Babler and many other such unique birds in the afforested area and Hiranandani Gardens. The nursery at the complex tended to by a full time horticulturist has over 500 varieties of plants, trees, bamboos and shrubs, including over fifty varieties of palms, many of which are rare. We have installed a sewage treatment plant at Powai that processes four million litres of sewage daily. The treated water is then used to maintain 40 acres of gardens. Hiranandani’s BG House and Crisil House are LEED Platinum rated buildings, will all your upcoming projects be green from now on? You are right, BG House was Mumbai’s first LEED Platinum rated building. Crisil House is energy-efficient, with a space plan that maximizes the use of daylight. All workstations are within 40ft of a window, and the atrium allows in substantial natural light. Zoning allows ACs to be selectively switched off when spaces are unoccupied, further reducing power consumption. Water is conserved through recycling mechanisms and waterefficient fixtures. A roof garden insulates against heat and absorbs emissions. We are very proud that we are constructing Green Buildings right from the beginning, but not all of our projects are LEED or IGBC rated. Our projects are done with an environmentally friendly design in mind, and we will continue this for our future projects as well. The advantage of a LEED rated green building is a better recognition by the people, so we will decide on a case to case basis which of our future projects aims towards a LEED certification. What are the challenges in constructing a Green Building? First it is the support of the client which is very important. There are challenges in the way of design, material selection, planning and construction but we should always make our decision in consensus with nature. As a leader in the construction industry we always have to face great challenges and we are facing those with determination. We have shown that it is possible to create beautiful, healthy, eco-friendly living space in a crowded city such as Mumbai. What is the reason behind your tall Buildings? Our tall buildings are landmarks, and we want to take up a footprint which is as small as possible to preserve gardens and nature around our buildings. How do you see the future of Green Buildings? I see more and more people moving towards Green Buildings. We need to keep innovating and using the best building materials and systems. There are a lot of new technologies emerging which help us in reducing the energy consumption of our buildings. We need to implement those new technologies along with an environmentally design to great buildings for the future. Green

Buildings give a direction they are not a destination, and there is constant scope for improvement.

In the name of Inspired to be Green readers I thank you for sharing your experience and motivation on Green Buildings. We are looking forward to many more prestigious and green building projects in the future. - Isabelle

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Launch of “GREEnco” RatinG SyStEM foR coMpaniES
Our human destiny is inextricably linked to the actions of self & all other living things. Respecting this principle is the fundamental challenge in changing the nature of business. To create an enduring society, businesses will need to devise a system where each and every act is inherently sustainable and restorative. To encourage industry tread this path, CII initiated the voluntary programme “Mission on Sustainable Growth” seeking commitments from companies to reduce their intensity and optimally use natural resources.

News from IGBC

Taking forward this initiative, CII has embarked on a journey to create a comprehensive rating system to analyse the performance of companies on the greenness of their operations. This rating will be the “first of its kind in the world” which will enable companies to take stock of their environmental performance and devise their way forward. CII – Godrej GBC has constituted a Steering Committee involving industry experts for developing a transparent & unique rating system for companies. The Abridged Reference Guide for the Pilot rating system has been prepared based on the suggestions provided by the Steering committee members. Pilot projects can be registered with IGBC

Launch of “GREEn townShipS” RatinG SyStEM
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has successfully launched the Green Townships Rating System (Pilot) on 27 January 2011 at an event “Municipalika 2011” (India’s biggest event on Municipal and Urban Solutions) held at Bengaluru. The IGBC Green Townships Rating System is designed to address the issues of urban sprawl, automobile dependency, social and environmental disconnect. This gives a unique opportunity to design townships and large developments in facilitating a low carbon growth path for India. IGBC Green Townships will have benefits which include: • Efficient land use • Habitat preservation & restoration • Efficient transportation management • Proper waste management • Enhanced quality of life • Energy conservation

• Water conservation

Launch of “GREEn SEZ” RatinG SyStEM
The Indian Green Building Council along with Ministry of Commerce & Industry has prepared the Green SEZ guidelines. The feedback and suggestions of several stakeholders were sought during interactions held at various major cities - New Delhi, Cochin, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Noida. IGBC has developed green building rating programmes to cover commercial, residential, factory buildings, etc.; rating programmes would help projects to address all aspects related to environment and is an effective tool to measure the performance of the building/ project. The IGBC Green SEZ Rating System is an extension of the Green SEZ guidelines. The rating system encourages the projects to surpass the requirements of many codes and standards. The rating programme is a tool which enables the designer to apply green concepts and criteria, so as to reduce the environmental impacts, which are measurable. The programme covers methodologies to cover diverse climatic zones and changing lifestyles. National Priorities Addressed in the Rating System The Green SEZ Rating System addresses the most important National priorities which include Site Preservation & Restoration, Reduced Use of Fossil Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Handling of Solid Waste. IGBC Green SEZ Rating System is a voluntary and consensus based programme. The rating system has been developed based on materials and technologies that are presently available. The objective of IGBC Green SEZ is to facilitate the creation of energy efficient, water efficient, healthy, comfortable and environmentally friendly SEZ. The guidelines detailed under each mandatory requirement & credit enables the design and construction of green SEZ of all sizes and types. IGBC Green SEZ addresses green features under the following categories: • Site Preservation & Restoration • Site Planning & Design • Water Efficiency • Energy Efficiency • Materials & Resources • Innovation & Design Process Different levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. However, every Green SEZ should meet certain mandatory requirements, which are nonnegotiable.


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The Emerson Cup 2010 – India & South East Asia announces its winners in each category for energy-efficient buildings

The Emerson Cup is an annual award function that recognizes and rewards innovative and energy efficient designs and buildings across India and South East Asia.


he Emerson Cup is an annual event instituted by Emerson Climate Technologies to recognize outstanding innovations and energyefficient designs in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry. The competition, held for the last seven years in China, completed its third consecutive year in India and South East Asia this year. The gala awards night saw esteemed industry stalwarts announce the Excellence and Honorary award winners across categories.

won another Honorary award for the Cadila Health Care Ltd. The students’ category invited ideas from students for reducing carbon footprint of their institutes or college buildings. Engineering student Wilson Montereo from De La Salle University, Philippines and a group of Architecture students from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture for Women, India won the Students’ Cup. Overwhelmed with the response during the award ceremony, Mr. Shrikant Bapat, Managing Director, Emerson Climate Technologies (India) Ltd. said “Emerson believes in energy responsibility and we do our bit by recognizing green buildings across Asia. The Emerson Cup has gained a lot of traction in the Indian industry over three years. The Emerson Cup jury was impressed with the quality of entries received this year.” He added, “This was a proud moment for Emerson and we look forward to continue to build momentum in the coming years.” The Emerson Cup saw a phenomenal rise in entries this year with triple the number of main category entries and the Students’ category grew seven times. All projects were judged by an independent and international panel of judges from India, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Connect with us online and know more about Emerson Cup at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Slideshare and Youtube.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Giovanni Zullo, VP Marketing & Product Planning, Emerson Climate Technologies said, “The HVAC industry in particular makes a significant contribution to the green building movement on the fronts of energy efficiency and indoor air quality. In this area Emerson is deeply engaged not only in the development of energy efficient technologies but also in supporting the process of adoption. The Emerson Cup is an initiative to recognize the leadership, innovation and courage to drive change, by individuals and their organizations, giving creative designers an opportunity and an incentive to showcase their work.” The Emerson Cup 2010 had launched awards in five categories, namely – 1. New Building 2. Special Applications 3. Retail and Refrigeration 4. Retrofit 5. Students – Engineering and Architecture The Excellence award for the New Buildings category (residential and commercial buildings) was given to Clancy Global for La Residency, Thane, Mumbai while the Honorary award was bagged by Venkataramanan Associates for KBL – Yamuna, Pune. The Special Applications Excellence award was presented to Sanjay Prakash & Associates for Banjar Tola, Kanha while the Honorary award was presented to Mr. Pankaj Dharkar for their URL Biotech Research Centre, Ahmedabad. The Retail and Refrigeration category witnessed high number of unique nominations, in which Dr. R Sarvanan from Anna University, Chennai won the Excellence award, followed by ACR Porject Consultants for Colour Film Vaults for National Film Archives, Prasar Bharti All India Radio. In Retrofit category, Excellence award winner was The Galen, Singapore project while Mr. Pankaj Dharkar

About Emerson: Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit About Emerson Climate Technologies: Emerson Climate Technologies, a business platform of Emerson, is the world’s leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. The group combines best-in-class technology with proven engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring services to provide customized, integrated climate-control solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’ innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.

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For Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance

Existing LEED 2009 Buil



for Existing Buildings provides the existing building stock an entry point into the LEED certification process, and is applicable to: • Building operations, processes, systems upgrades, and minor space use changes. • Buildings new to LEED certification as well as buildings previously certified under LEED for New Construction. LEED for Existing Buildings is a method for building owners and operators of existing buildings to implement sustainable operations and maintenance practices and reduce the environmental impact of a building over its functional life cycle. Specifically, it addresses exterior building site maintenance programs; water and energy use; environmentally preferred products for cleaning and alterations; waste stream management; and ongoing indoor environmental quality. LEED for Existing Buildings is targeted at single buildings that are 100% owner-occupied as well as multiple-building projects and single, multi-tenant buildings, which can potentially qualify under certain conditions (see the USGBC Web site for more information). LEED for Existing Buildings is a whole-building rating system; individual tenant spaces are ineligible.

LEED for Existing Buildings Initial Certification vs. Recertification
Any first-time certification application to the LEED for Existing Buildings program is considered an initial LEED for Existing Buildings certification. This includes both applications for buildings never LEED certified and buildings previously certified under LEED for New Construction. Any LEED for Existing Buildings application for a building previously certified using LEED for Existing Buildings is considered a LEED for Existing Buildings recertification. These buildings can apply for recertification as frequently as annually and must file for recertification at least once every 5 years to maintain their LEED for Existing Buildings status.

Performance Period for LEED for Existing Buildings Applications
Documentation required for LEED for Existing Buildings Certification Applications include performance data for the building and site over the performance period. The LEED for Existing Buildings Performance Period is the period during which building performance data is collected for inclusion in a LEED for Existing Buildings certification application. The Performance Period may not have any “gaps”; it must be a continuous interval of time.


Requirements for Initial Certifications
For initial LEED for Existing Buildings certifications the Performance Period must be at least three months long. In some situations, specific prerequisites or credits may require more than three months of data, in which case historical data can be used to supplement the Performance Period data, or the three months of Performance Period data can be extrapolated to annual data following the guidelines in the LEED for Existing Buildings Reference Guide. The maximum Performance Period duration for any prerequisite or credit in an initial LEED for Existing Buildings application is two years.

Consistency across Prerequisites and Credits
Consistent start times and durations for the performance periods for each prerequisite and credit are preferred but not strictly necessary. However, all performance periods must end within a shared 60-day window. For this example, the shared window extends from October 30 to December 30. Certification application must be submitted to USGBC within 90 days of the end of the shared 60-day window.

Though the performance period can be as short as three months for initial LEED for Existing Buildings applicants, consider a longer performance period, which will provide a more robust picture of the building’s performance. A full year of data, for example, will reflect seasonal variations in resource consumption (irrigation rates, heating and cooling loads, etc.) and occupant behavior (commuting choices). In any case, the maximum performance period duration for any prerequisite or credit in an initial LEED for Existing Buildings application is two years.

Ideally, the performance period should be identical across all prerequisites and credits, and all policy, operations and equipment changes undertaken to meet LEED for Existing Buildings requirements should be fully implemented BEFORE the start of this universal Performance Period, as the building performance data collected should reflect those changes. If major changes to building operating procedures or equipment occur during the Performance Period, it is best to collect at least three months of data after such changes to help identify any new trends in the performance results.

Requirements for Recertifications
The performance period for recertification applications runs from the time of the last certification under LEED for Existing Buildings to the date of the time of the filing of the recertification application. • As a result the performance period for these recertification applications can be as short as 1 year and as long as 5 years. • Performance data for the entire performance period need to be provided with LEED for Existing Buildings applications. Performance data need to be provided for each year of the performance period so that ongoing annual performance is demonstrated. If data cannot be provided for a building for the entire performance period, then an application for first-time certification application needs to be submitted instead of a recertification application, and there will be a gap in the building’s certification history.

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Existing B
Sustainable Site (26 possible points)
• Credit 1 LEED Certified Design and Construction 4 Points • Credit 2 Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan 1 Point pe • Credit 3 Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landsca Management Plan 1 Point • Credit 4 Alternative Commuting Transportation 3-15 Points • Credit 5 Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat 1 Point • Credit 6 Storm water Quantity Control 1 Point • Credit 7.1 Heat Island Reduction—Non roof 1 Point • Credit 7.2 Heat Island Reduction—Roof 1 Point • Credit 8 Light Pollution Reduction 1 Point


LEED® 2009 For Existing Buildings For Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Credit Checklist
n in 100 base points; 6 possible Innovatio rations and 4 Regional Priority points Ope • Certified 40–49 points • Silver 50–59 points • Gold 60–79 points • Platinum 80 points and above

Water Efficiency (14 Possible Points)

• Prerequisite 1 Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency Required • Credit 1 Water Performance Measurement 1-2 Points • Credit 2 Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency 1-5 Points • Credit 3 Water Efficient Landscaping 1-5 Points • Credit 4.1 Cooling Tower Water Management — Chemical Management 1 Point • Credit 4.2 Cooling Tower Water Management — Non potable Water Source Use 1 Point

e Points) Materials and Resources (10 Possibl
• • • • • • • • • • • •

Energy and Atmosphere (35 Possible Points)

• Prerequisite 1 Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices—Planning, Documentation, and Opportunity Assessment Required • Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance Required • Prerequisite 3 Fundamental Refrigerant Management Required • Credit 1 Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance 1-18 Points • Credit 2.1 Existing Building Commissioning— Investigation and Analysis 2 Points • Credit 2.2 Existing Building Commissioning— Implementation 2 Points • Credit 2.3 Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning 2 Points • Credit 3.1 Performance Measurement—Building Automation System 1 Point • Credit 3.2 Performance Measurement—System Level Metering 1-2 Points • Credit 4 On-site and Off-site Renewable Energy 1-6 Points • Credit 5 Enhanced Refrigerant Management 1 Point • Credit 6 Emissions Reduction Reporting 1 Point

Policy Required Prerequisite 1 Sustainable Purchasing agement Policy Required Prerequisite 2 Solid Waste Man oing Consumables 1 Point Credit 1 Sustainable Purchasing—Ong Electric-Powered Equipment 1 Point Credit 2.1 Sustainable Purchasing— ng—Furniture 1 Point Credit 2.2 Sustainable Purchasi ity Alterations and Additions 1 Point Credit 3 Sustainable Purchasing—Facil ced Mercury in Lamps 1 Point Credit 4 Sustainable Purchasing—Redu 1 Point Credit 5 Sustainable Purchasing—Food t agement—Waste Stream Audit 1 Poin Credit 6 Solid Waste Man umables 1 Point Ongoing Cons Credit 7 Solid Waste Management— Goods 1 Point 8 Solid Waste Management—Durable Credit s 1 Point ent—Facility Alterations and Addition Credit 9 Solid Waste Managem

Indoor Environmental Quality (15 Pos

sible Points)

Innovation in Operations (6 Possible Points)
• Credit 1 Innovation in Operations 1-4 Points • Credit 2 LEED Accredited Professional 1 Point • Credit 3 Documenting Sustainable Building Cost Impacts 1 Point

Regional Priority (4 Possible Points)
• Credit 1 Regional Priority 1-4 Points

Quality Performance Required • Prerequisite 1 Minimum Indoor Air cco Smoke (ETS) Control Required • Prerequisite 2 Environmental Toba y Required • Prerequisite 3 Green Cleaning Polic tices—Indoor Air or Air Quality Best Management Prac • Credit 1.1 Indo t Quality Management Program 1 Poin Management Practices—Outdoor Air • Credit 1.2 Indoor Air Quality Best Delivery Monitoring 1 Point Management Practices—Increased • Credit 1.3 Indoor Air Quality Best Ventilation 1 Point Management Practices—Reduce • Credit 1.4 Indoor Air Quality Best t Particulates in Air Distribution 1 Poin ent Practices—Indoor Air it 1.5 Indoor Air Quality Best Managem • Cred rations and Additions 1 Point Quality Management for Facility Alte pant Survey 1 Point • Credit 2.1 Occupant Comfort—Occu —Lighting 1 Point • Credit 2.2 Controllability of Systems t Thermal Comfort Monitoring 1 Poin • Credit 2.3 Occupant Comfort— t • Credit 2.4 Daylight and Views 1 Poin Cleaning Program 1 Point Green Cleaning—High Performance • Credit 3.1 ial Effectiveness Assessment 1 Point • Credit 3.2 Green Cleaning—Custod and se of Sustainable Cleaning Products • Credit 3.3 Green Cleaning—Purcha Materials 1 Point able Cleaning Equipment 1 Point • Credit 3.4 Green Cleaning—Sustain Chemical and • Credit 3.5 Green Cleaning—Indoor ce Control 1 Point Pollutant Sour t Integrated Pest Management 1 Poin • Credit 3.6 Green Cleaning—Indoor

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Anna centenary library building is constructed as a state of art library building by Department of public libraries, Tamil Nadu State Government. The building is located in a well developed area in Kotturpuram, Chennai amidst Educational/ Institutional surroundings and easy access from all parts of the city. The building has been developed in 8 acres land with world class facilities with approximate built up area of 3.8 lakhs sft. The vision “is to be an internationally recognized urban Library known for excellence in learning, innovative research, and community engagement that contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the Chennai region and beyond”. This demonstrates the commitments of the Tamil Nadu state government towards protecting the environment for future generation. The library building complex consists of Library building (G+8) and an auditorium (G+1) to accommodate 1200 persons. To improve the thermal comfort of the occupants, the building has been provided with adequate air conditioning. The project achieved the prestigious LEED Gold rating given by Indian Green Building Council under New Construction rating. This is a unique achievement for the Tamil Nadu State Government and happens to be the first library building in the Asian region to get this coveted rating.

Chennai’s Green Library
Asia’s First Leed Gold Rated Library Building Situated in Chennai

Green Building Features of Anna Centenary Library Building:
We are learning, sometimes the hard way, that battling nature is an expensive and ultimately futile effort. Nature is a complex set of systems, each with its own integrity and life cycle. Respecting these natural systems and creating structures and communities in concert with them is the foundation of “sustainable development”. Incorporating “green” elements successfully and cost effectively into any project is an “art” that requires a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach as well as a long-term view of “value”. It also requires at least one powerful stakeholder who makes “going green” a requirement of the project.

Some of the green elements incorporated at Anna Centenary Library: Sustainable sites:
• The top 20 cm soil during excavation is protected and used for landscape applications. • Project is located in a well developed area and has access to all the basic amenities, which channels development to urban areas with existing infrastructure. • Project has two nearby bus stops, which encourages the use of Mass transportation system. • The project is provided with 341 numbers of car parking spaces, in which 18 car spaces have been earmarked for car/ van pool spaces. • 11 number of 15 amp sockets has provided in the parking lot to encourage the use of electric vehicles. • Extensive landscape is provided to an area of 6361 Sq.m. to address the heat island effect. • Adequate rain water harvesting structures (rain water sump and percolation pits) of capacity 780 m3 is provided, which ensures the good rain water harvesting and increase in ground water table. • A collection well/ sand filter is provided at the lowest point of the site, which helps to remove the sediments from storm runoff moving out of the site. • To reduce the heat ingress in to the building, the library terrace area is painted with high albedo paints and green roof is provided to Auditorium terrace and Library terrace level at 1st, 2nd and 3rd floor. • Efficient lighting system is designed to ensure there is no light pollution from the project.

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Water efficiency:
• The project is provided with onsite sewage treatment plant of capacity 75 KLD to treat the wastewater produced from the building. • Only treated waste water is used for Landscape irrigation and toilet flushing requirements • High efficient Landscape irrigation systems – Drip and Sprinkler system • To reduce the potable water consumption, the building uses only water efficient fixtures and achieved water use reduction of 64 % compared to a standard building and the flow rates are as follows, • Water Closet – 1.6 GPF • Urinals – 0.4 GPF • Wash Basin – 1.7 GPM • Sink – 1.7 GPM • Shower head – 1.7 GPM • Health faucet – 0.026 GPM GPF – Gallons Per Flush, GPM - Gallons Per Minute

Energy efficiency:
• The project uses high efficient air cooled chillers with COP of 3.11. • Energy saving heat recovery wheels and Demand control ventilation are provided. • 75 mm thick over deck roof insulation of extruded polystyrene. • Achieved a very low lighting power density of 0.71 W/ Sq.ft against 1.3 W/Sq.ft. • Day light controls for perimeter areas are provided. • Glazing (DGU) with low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.2. • High efficient motors, pumps and fans. • Project achieved 17.5 % of energy use reduction compared to a standard building. • CFC and HCFC free HVAC and Fire suppression system. • Energy and water meters are provided at strategic locations to quantify the energy and water usage.

This building would consume 30% less energy and 20% less potable water consumption without affecting the indoor condition and occupants comfort. In a nut shell, the additional investment made to obtain the Gold rating would get paid back in just 2.5 years period through operational energy efficiency. This demonstrates green makes economic sense.

• To segregate the waste generated in the building six numbers of waste bins are provided in the each floor level and a common collection yard at ground level with a collection area of 525 Sq.ft. • 75 % of the construction wastes generated are reused within the site and sent for recycling. • The project used building materials with recycled content value of 12 % by cost of the total material cost. • To support the regional economy and to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from transportation, the project used 77 % of the building materials manufactured and extracted locally, i.e. within 500 Mile radius.

Indoor Environment Quality:
• For improved occupant comfort and well being the project is provided with, increased fresh air of 30% more than the ASHRAE requirements. • Smoking prohibited Environment. • Only low VOC products (Paints, Adhesives and sealants), CRI certified carpet and MDF & plywood free from urea formaldehyde resins are used in the building. • Only eco friendly house keeping chemicals are allowed inside the building premises. • Chemical rooms inside the building are provided with deck to deck partitions and negative differential pressure of 5 pas is maintained. • DCV system and CO2 sensors are provided in densely occupied areas (more than 25 persons in 1000 Sq.ft.) • 15 days building flush out is carried out prior occupancy. MERV 8 filters were used during flush out and MERV 13 filters after flush out. • All the equipments and systems are protected from dust and moisture during construction. • Entry way mats are provided with minimum 6 feet long in all the main entrances.

Project Team Involved
LEAD Consultancy & Engineering Services (India) Private Limited (LCES) has been started by a team of qualified professionals with vast experience and expertise in the areas of Energy Efficiency & Green Building Rating Systems.

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M Selvarasu, LEED AP & Faculty, Director, LEAD Consultancy

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Building Insulation with Polyurethane
Introduction –Need for Thermal Insulation
Energy conservation is an increasingly important issue today. Not only does the cost of energy continue to rise, but scientific studies continue to reveal a direct cause and effect between energy consumption and larger sustainability issues –such as global warming, air pollution and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. A recent study by the Georgia Institute of Technology estimated that more than 50% of energy consumption is directly or indirectly related to building or building construction. Building insulation offers the largest CO2 savings potential of all energy efficiency improvement measures and achieves energy savings with the highest negative CO2 abatement costs and the highest net financial gains for society. In 2001, the Indian parliament passed the energy conservation act and established the Bureau of Energy Efficiency,BEE, which formally launched the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) that prescribes guidelines for efficient use of energy in buildings in May 2007.

Polyurethane Insulation
Rigid polyurethane and polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulations are among the most cost-effective, energyefficient and versatile construction materials available, used for wall and roof insulation, air barrier sealants, and insulated doors and windows, rigid polyurethane and polyiso foam products deliver a unique combination of properties that help reduce energy consumption,maintain uniform temperatures and lower noise levels in homes and commercial properties. The properties of rigid polyurethane and polyiso foam reduce energy transfer, resist moisture, maintain dimensional stability,remain airtight and often support a structural role. These materials function without deforming, distorting in temperature extremes ranging from -75 to +120 deg C.These products have some of the highest insulating R-values per inch among commercially available insulation products enabling thinner walls and lower profile roofs that maximize energy efficiency.

Types of Polyurethane Insulation
Rigid Sandwich panels
Rigid polyurethane foam core is sandwiched between metal sheets. Apart from having very good thermal resistance the composite panels are light in weight and longer lengths ensure very fast construction speed, these panels can be manufactured in desired thickness and sizes.

Polyurethane Slabs & Cavity Insulation
The PU slabs are fixed in the cavity walls and over the roof. The thickness of the slabs can be selected as per the requirement. These boards are faced with a variety of materials such as paper and aluminum.

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF)
Spray applied PU Foam for thermal Insulation is A 2 Component Foam system, spray applied at Site. This allows spray application on complex Substrates/ shapes, confined spaces lowering Transportation costs simultaneously.

Polyurethane in Green Buildings
Polyurethane Insulation excels in providing the best thermal insulation without compromising On equally desirable properties (See Table below) as per the today’s building requirements. Rigid Polyurethane Foam Insulation applied in the above ways can help the building obtain Credit points as per the LEED & GRIHA rating systems under various categories.

Performance/Properties: PU Vs Other Generics (L-Low, F-Fair, H-High)
Generics R Value per inch (BT Units) Dimensional Stability Water Transmission Compressive Strength Fire Resistance Resistance to Rot/Fungal/Vermin Min.Wool Glasswool EPS XPS PUR/PIR






Image & Info Source: Indian Polyurethane Association

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Green Building Resources Guide


o construct Green Buildings is a challenge, and most of the times it takes a long time to source materials which contribute towards energy savings, water savings, a healthy indoor environment and protect the environment. If the project is attempting to achieve a LEED/IGBC or GRIHA certification, it is important to select those materials and systems which are contributing a maximum number of points towards achieving a prestigious Green Building Rating. Over the past 20 month we have studied a variety of LEED platinum certified and GRIHA certified Green Buildings and we had hour long discussions with architects and builders all over the country. All this experience we have

put together and we are proud to present you the essence of PRODUCT SELECTION FOR GREEN BUILDINGS (attempting a LEED/IGBC and/or GRIHA rating). Looking at the LEED New Construction Rating system To construct a green building is a combination of the right architect with a capable design team, a suitable site/ project and of course there is a great contribution from green building products and systems, to achieve a modern Green Building. High performance products are important and can have a great impact on energy savings, but a knowledgeable design team is necessary to implement modern materials and systems in the right manner.

Design Team





Product Manufacturer

Required Product or System

Sustainable Sites
Prerequisite Credit 1 Credit 2 Credit 3 Credit 4.1 Erosion & Sedimentation Control Site Selection Development Density & Community Connectivity Brownfield Redevelopment Alternative Transportation, Public Transportation Access Alternative Transportation, Alternative Fuel Vehicles Req 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1) Refueling Station for alternative fuel vehicles (electric, biogas etc) OR 2) Provide 3% of the Building Occupants with alternative fuel vehicles (electric scooters, electric car, other alternative powered vehicles)

Credit 4.2



Electric Bike (BSA)

Credit 4.3 Credit 5.1 Credit 5.2 Credit 6.1

Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity Reduced site disturbance, protect or restore open space Reduced site disturbance, Development footprint Stormwater management, quantity control

1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 Pervious pavement (BASF), Install vegetated roofs (ELT) Pervious pavement (BASF), Install vegetated roofs (ELT) Install vegetated roofs (ELT), open Grid pavers for hardscape OR pervious pavement, recharge wells

Credit 6.2 Credit 7.1 Credit 7.2 Credit 8.0

Stormwater management, quality control Heat islands Effect, nonroof Heat islands Effect, roof Light pollution reduction

1 1 1 1 13 1

1 1 1

Increase filtration of stormwater through installation of vegetated roofs, open grid pavers or pervious pavement for hardscape Use open grid pavement OR high albedo material High Albedo Paving Materials (BASF) (light color pavers) OR shade hardscape with trees Solar Reflective Coating (Nippon), Install a green roof OR use solar reflective coating OR Green Roof (ELT) use high reflective materials

Water Efficiency
Credit 1.1 Credit 1.2 Credit 2.0 Credit 3.0 Credit 4.1 Credit 4.2 Water efficient landscaping, reduce by 50% Water efficient landscaping, no potable use or no irrigation Water Efficiency in Air conditioning System: Reduce by 50% Innovative wastewater technologies Water use reduction, 20% reduction Water use reduction, 30% reduction 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 Johnson Controls (Water Efficient Chillers), STP (Wapp Systems) STP (Wapp Systems) Water efficient toilets and fixtures (Roca, Hindware) Drip Irrigation (Jain irrigation), STP (Wapp Systems) Use drip irrigation OR treated water for landscaping purposes same as above Water efficient chillers & use treated water for AC makeup Install Sewage Treatment Plant OR waterless fixtures Water efficient WC (dualflush, low flow), urinal (low flow), shower and faucets (with sensors and aerators) Same as above

Energy and Atmosphere
Prerequisite 1 Fundamental Building systems commissioning Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite 3 CFC reduction in HVAC & R equipment Req Req Req CFC free HVAC system (Johnson Controls, Edgetech) Wall Material: Everest, Lafarge Insulation: BASF, Rockwool India, Supreme Petrochem - Glass: Saint Gobain UPVC Windows: Aluplast, Fenesta - HVAC: Chillers, Controls: Johnson Controls - Heat Recovery Select CFC free HVAC system

Insulation (Wall & Roof) I Volume 9 I Inspired to be GREEN- HVAC: high COP chillers,

Building Envelope: Wall Material, Glass, Windows, efficient Pumps, Heat Recovery Wheels, VFDs ELECTRICAL: efficient light & luminaires, occupancy


Credit 1.0

Optimise energy performance



Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Performance Prerequisite 3 CFC reduction in HVAC & R equipment

Req Req CFC free HVAC system (Johnson Controls, Edgetech) Wall Material: Everest, Lafarge Insulation: BASF, Rockwool India, Supreme Petrochem - Glass: Saint Gobain UPVC Windows: Aluplast, Fenesta - HVAC: Chillers, Controls: Johnson Controls - Heat Recovery Wheels, VFD: DRI, Edgetech Electrical: Lighting: Bajaj Electricals BMS: Johnson Controls - Revolving Doors: GEZE Renewable Energy Systems (Team HCFC free HVAC system (Johnson Renewable Energy (Team Sustain) Select CFC free HVAC system

Credit 1.0

Optimise energy performance



Building Envelope: Wall Material, Glass, Windows, Insulation (Wall & Roof) - HVAC: high COP chillers, efficient Pumps, Heat Recovery Wheels, VFDs ELECTRICAL: efficient light & luminaires, occupancy and daylightsensors, Building Management System (for HVAC and Lighting Loads)

Credit 2.0 Credit 3.0 Credit 4.0 Credit 5 Credit 6.0

Renewable Energy: 2.5%, 5%, 7.5% Additional Commissioning Ozone depletion Measurement & Verification Green Power

3 1 1 1 1 17

3 1 1 1 1

Install photovoltaic panels, windturbine or biogas Select HCFC free HVAC system Invest in offsite photovoltaic panels, windturbine or biogas system

Materials & Resources
Prerequisite 1 Storage and collection of recyclables Credit 1.1 Building reuse, maintain 75% of existing shell Req 1 1

Credit 1.2 Credit 1.3 Credit 2.1 Credit 2.2 Credit 3.1 Credit 3.2 Credit 4.1 Credit 4.2 Credit 5.1 Credit 5.2 Credit 6.0 Credit 7.0

Building reuse, maintain 100% of shell Building reuse, maintain 100% shell & 50% nonshell Construction waste management, Divert 50% Construction waste management, Divert 75% Resource Reuse, Specify 5% Resource Reuse, Specify 10% Recycled Content 5% Recycled Content 10% Local /Regional Materials, 20% manufactured locally Local /Regional Materials, 50% harvested locally Rapidly renewable building materials, 5% Certified wood

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Bamboo Products (Surabhi Bamboo) MDF Boards (Tesa Action) Select materials harvested within a 10 year lifespan like Bamboo, Straw, Wool etc Use FSC certified wood/ wood products Use materials which are manufactured and extracted within 500 miles (800 km) area Select materials with recycled content, like wall panels using recycled content, glass, steel, aluminium, use

Indoor Environmental Quality
Prerequisite 1 Minimum IAQ performance Prerequisite 2 Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control Credit 1 Credit 2 Credit 3.1 Credit 3.2 Credit 4.1 Credit 4.2 Credit 4.3 Credit 4.4 Credit 5.0 Credit 6.1 Credit 6.2 Credit 7.1 Credit 7.2 Credit 8.1 Credit 8.2 Outdoor air dilevery monitoring Increased ventilation Construction IAQ management plan, during construction Construction IAQ management plan, before occupancy Low emitting materials, adhesives & sealants Low emitting materials, Paints Low emitting materials, carpet Low emitting materials, Composite wood & Agrifiber products Indoor chemical & pollutant source control Controllability of Systems, lighting Controllability of Systems, thermal comfort Thermal comfort, Design Thermal comfort, Verification - 6 to 18 months Daylight & Views, daylight 75% of spaces Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of spaces 15 Req Req 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 High Performance Glazing (Saint Gobain) Vision and daylight glazing to provide natural daylight. Select glass with high VLT (at the same time look for low SC value) 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Sealants and Adhesives (McCoy Soudal) Paints (Nippon) Carpet (Interface Floor, Milliken) MDF, Doors, Flooring (Tesa Action) Door Closing Systems (GEZE), Air Filters (DRI) Lighting Control System (Johnson Select materials with LOW VOC Content Select materials with LOW VOC Content Use only CRI certified carpet Use MDF boards free of urea formaldehyde Install automatic door systems and air filters Install a lighting control system 1 1 AHU Controls (Johnson Controls, Edgetech, DRI) Treated Fresh Air (DRI, Edgetech), Evaporative Cooling (Breezair) CO2 Sensors Increase fresh air ventilation, Treated fresh air systems, evaporative cooling systems

Temperature Controls (Johnson Provide individual controls for occupants to regulate Controls), Openable Windows (GEZE) thermal comfort or provide openable windows Temperature and Humidity controls Temperatur and Humidity controls to meet ASHRAE (DRI, Edgetech) 55

Innovation & Design process
Credit 1.1 Credit 1.2 Credit 1.3 Credit 1.4 Credit 2 Innovation in design - Green Housekeeping Examplary Performance - Water Saving Examplary Performance -Renewable Energy Examplery Performance - Green Roof LEED accredited professionals 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 3 1 1 1 1 8 10 48 Green Cleaning Products (Diversey) Water Efficient Fixtures (Hindware, Renewable Energy Systems (Team Sustain) Green Roof (ELT) Green Housekeeping

Total Points Certified 26-32,

69 Silver 33-38, Gold 39-51, Platinum 52-69

Pavement (Pervious/ High Albedo)

LEED Credits:

SS 6.1, SS 6.2, SS 7.1 The selection of pavement for roads, parking area and walkways has a great influence on stormwater management and Heat Island Effect. Important Points: Pervious pavement and light color Pavement should be preferred. Pervious and Light Color (high albedo)
BASF Asia Pacific (India) Pvt. Ltd., Products: Construction Chemicals, Insulation,Pervious Pavement Contact: Himanshu Agrawal,, Phone +91 22 6791-7400 Address: Thane-Belapur Road, Turbhe, 400 705 Navi Mumbai, Phone +91 22 6791-7400

Wall Materials and Partitions
The selection of construction materials influences THERMAL PERFORMANCE of the building in a great manner (which influences the energy performance) this is reflected through the U-value. Other important parameters are weight, water resistance, fire resistance, sound insulation and intallation time. Materials with a high recycled content and local production should be preferred.
EVEREST INDUSTRIES LTD Products: Fibre Cement Boards Advantages of the product: Strength, durability, density, with added resistance against moisture, fire and termite. Green Aspects of the product: Contributes towards several LEED points for your Green buildings, Up to 50% savings in electricity, Up to 30% savings in water consumption, Contribution to thermal and acoustic values, Durable product for sustainable buildings, Relocatable Material. Contact: Mr. Amitoberoi Website: Address: A 32 Mohan Coop Ind Estate Mathura Road, New Delhi 110044. Phone: 011 - 40512369

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, IAQ 4.4 (Agrifiber)

Important Points:
Low U-value, recycled content, local manufactured

Lafarge Boral Gypsum India Pvt. Ltd. Products: wall and ceiling solutions, gypsum boards, standard and technical metal systems for ceilings and partition, an aesthetic range of ceiling tiles, with jointing compounds and complete accessories. Advantages of the product: Fire resistance, Acoustics, High Aesthetics, Applications in Wet Areas, Leightweight, Sustainable, Faster & safer to install with strong tech support. Green Aspects of the product: LaGyp systems can contribute several points to the green buildings under the LEED rating Contact: Mr Purnendu Verma, Address: 33B, Sector 32, Gurgaon. Phone: 0124 478 8888

Insulation of Roof and Walls is vital for an energy efficient building. It will help to reduce energy consumption, downsize equipment, and create a more comfortable indoor environment. It will also benefit a long lasting waterproofing of the building. The used materials should indicate a low U-value (the lower the better), and locally manufactured.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2

Important Points:
Low U-value, local manufactured

Supreme Petrochem Products: Insuboard for Roof Insulation Contact: Nilesh Sonawane, Phone: 09929293439

Rockwool India Ltd. Products: Rockwool Insulation Advantages of the product: One of the most vital properties of rockwool is its ability to withstand temperatures of more than 1000°c. Properly used, rockwool acts as a fire resistant barrier, which can provide those vital extra minutes for rescuing people. Green Aspects of the product: Rockwool insulation is one of few products that can save more than 100 times the energy used for its manufacture. It conserves scarce energy resources and reduces air pollution and CO2 emissions by minimizing the combustion of fuel. Contact: Website: Address: 4th Floor, ‘B’ Block, Laxmi Cyber City, Kondapur, Hyderabad - 500084

BASF, details see previous page under Pavement

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Green Building Consultancy
A team of consultants and energy simulation experts, to help the project team to design in accordance with the green building principles, and help in documentation process to fetch the anticipated credit points.
Blue Star Limited Services: Our Green Building Certification Services includes: LEED Facilitation, Building Energy Simulation, Commissioning Services, ASHRAE Level I & II Audit, TERI – GRIHA Facilitation, Energy Audit for GRIHA Certification Advantages: Expertise to help you to go Green. Contact: Pankaj Kasture, Manager – Energy Mgt. & Green Building Service Group, Mobile: +91 9820797144, Direct: +91 2267154556, Email: Website: Address: 2nd Pokhran Road, Majiwada,Thane (W) – 400601, (M.S.), India Phone: +91 2267154500

Glass in a Green Building has a great impact on the energy performance and also offers the possibility to bring Daylight into the room. The glass should be double glazed with a low U-value and also indicate a low Solar Heat Gain Coeficient (SHGC) to reduce the heat gain through the glazed area. The Visual Light Transmittance (VLT) is reflecting the amount of daylight which will penetrate through the glass (the higher, the better).

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, IAQ 8.1 & 8.2

Important Points:
Low U-value, Low SHGC/ SC Value, High VLT Value

Saint-Gobain Glass India Products: Architectural and Automotive Glass solutions, Sustainable Architectural solutions products, Clear Glass with exceptional clarity, Body Tinted Glass with the promise of “TRUTINT”, High Performance Sustainable Solar Control Reflective glass, Low-Emissive glass, Self-Cleaning Glass, Environment friendly Mirrors which are Copper, Arsenic and Lead free, Range of Interior designer glass Advantages of the product: Green Buildings require high performance glass solutions - for cutting out heat, better day lighting etc. Saint-Gobain has a wide variety of high performance glass solutions which can address these needs effectively. Green Aspects of the product: Recyclable , ECBC Compliant, Low E , Optimum Light Transmission, Sustainable Contact: Shravan K / 09840011323 / Website: Address: World Glass Complex , Sriperumbudur Phone: 044-27162832 to 39

Doors should be manufactured from urea formaldehyde free composite boards or FSC certified wood (products). Local products should be preferred.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, MR 6.0

Important Points:
Urea formaldehyde free, local manufactured

Action Tesa Products: Pre- laminated and plain particle Boards, MDF and HDF Boards, Doors and Flooring Advantages of the product: Environmentally Friendly, strong, long lasting Green Aspects of the product: Using rapidly renewable resources (Plantation Timber), locally manufactured, panels are bonded with International Standardized Environment friendly resins to reduce emissions. Contact Person: Mr. Rajeev Jha,, 093123-08227 Phone: +91-11-41120000 Website: Address: Balaji Action Buildwell, G-11, Udyog Nagar, Main Rohtak Road, New Delhi-110 041

The selection of the Window frame is as important as the selection of the Glass. It contributes towards thermal insulation (Energy Performance) and sound insulation, additional blinds could be integrated to allow shading of the glass.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, MR 6.0

Important Points:
Low U-value, thermal break

Fenesta Building Systems Products: Energy efficient UPVC windows and doors Advantages of the product: Excellent insulation to reduce sound pollution and dust ingress, large sizes, many design options, monsoon proof mechanisms, termite proof, negligible maintenance. Green Aspects of the product: Conserves energy by reducing air conditioning bills, uses recyclable content, local manufacturing facilities, improves indoor environment by cutting out noise and dust, uses much less energy in production that Aluminum, conserves wood. Contact Person: Rohit Sharma, Head Marketing. 9810390107 Phone: 1860 266 2666 or SMS WINDOW to 56161 Website: Address: Plot No. 52, Sector 32, Institutional Area, Gurgaon Aluplast India Products: UPVC Frames, Window Systems Advantages of the product: Acoustic Insulation, Thermal Insulation (Energy Saving), Green Aspects of the product: Environmental protection Website: email: Address: Aluplast India B-26, Second Floor, Lajpat Nagar - III, New Delhi - 110024, INDIA Phone: +91-11-29830646


LEED Credits:

There are many possibilities for the selection of MR 6.0, MR 4.1 & MR 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2 flooring. Bamboo flooring is a very green alternative Important Points: to wodden or laminate flooring because rapidly renewable materials are used for their production. Rapidly Renewable Material, Local In case of carpet the product should be CRI certified. manufactured, recycled content.
Surabhi Bamboo surabhi Products: Plywood, particle board, woven-board, bamboo-timber, hardboard, wall coverings. bamboo As JohnsonDiversey, you expected us to deliver the best, Advantages of the product: Competitively priced bamboo products most effective portfolio of cleaning products. You relied on to fit your requirement from our world-class innovation and service to make cleaning building materials; timber-replacement products to the best of aesthetic and sanitation more efficient. You valued partnering with usand furnishings. interior applications, design to address the most challenging needs. You looked to our Green Aspects the product: Rapidly renewable building material, localleadership in making a cleaner, healthier future for the world. manufactured Contact : +91 8124195292 / Website:, Now, we’re simplifying our name under one powerful brand—Diversey—to better reflect our world leadership in the Address: 294, OLD # 186, Thambu Chetty Street, Chennai - 600001, Tamil Nadu,and hygiene business. As Diversey, you commercial cleaning India Phone: 044-25220947
can continue to expect us to deliver the very best products, services and partnership. And you can count on us to do even more to deliver real, sustainable value.

A cleaner, healthier future.

Green Houskeeping

We’re Diversey, and we’re leading the world toward a cleaner, healthier future.

LEED Credits:
Innovation Credit

The usage of green houskeeping products will improve the Indoor Environmental Quality. In the LEED/ IGBC rating system there is no specific credit for Green Housekeeping, but this can be applied for as and Innovation in Design Credit.

Important Points:
Toxin Free

DIVERSEY INDIA PVT. LTD. Diversey India Pvt. Ltd A - 8, Laxmi Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex Mumbai 400 051 Products: Cleaning & Hygiene related chemicals, Machines, Mops & 022 66444222 Tissue papers & tissue Tools, Tel: dispensers. Advantages of the product: Diversey is proud of its capabilities to deliver to its customers and their employees superior and sustainable cleaning, sanitization and hygiene solutions. Green Aspects of the product: Diversey, sustainability isn’t a buzzword. It’s a byword. It is at the heart of how we’re delivering a cleaner, healthier future for the world. Contact Person: Boshudhara Majumdar, 022-66444222, Website: Address: 501, 5th Floor, Ackruti Centre Point, MIDC Central Road, Andheri (East), Mumbai - 400 093 Phone: +91-22-66444222


LEED Credits:

EA 1.0, EA 4.0 Chillers should offer a high Coeficient of Performance (COP) as that factor shows the efficiency of the system. It is necessary to select only Important Points: (H)CFC free equipment. (H)CFC free equipment, high COP

Your green building partner
for energy efficient Fresh Air HVAC Systems
DRI Green Building Products help to maintain Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) requirements and recover energy from exhaust air, resulting in considerable reduction in installed tonnage and utility bills. They also assist in enhancing Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), maintaining desired temperature and humidity and increasing productivity.

Think Afresh

Treated Fresh Air Unit (TFA)

Heat Recovery Wheels (HRW)

Performance Award for 7 consecutive years

Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERVi)

Evaporative Cooling Pads

Arctic Coolers

Spot Coolers

ECP Modules for AHUs

Substantial Green Building LEED Points for • Energy Saving • Improved IEQ • Innovative New Technology

green building council australia member

100-101, Udyog Vihar, Phase-IV, Gurgaon 122015, Haryana • Ph.: 4188888 • Fax: (0124) 4188800 Email:

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Johnson Controls Products: : Metasys Building Automation System, York HVAC&R, fire, security and wireless infrastructure products for buildings & industrial plants. Advantages of the product: Sustainable one-stop building solutions as a single source of integrated products & solutions Green Aspects of the product: All our products & solutions enable green environments Contact Person: Shalini Khatri, +91 22 3088 1513, Address: 501-502, Prime Corporate Park, Sahar Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400099, India Phone: +91 22 3082 0391

AHUs used in a green building should work with a VFD to reduce energy consumption. Additional the fresh air ventilation should be controlled by CO2 sensors.

LEED Credits: Important Points:
VFD, CO2 sensors EA 1.0, IEQ 1,0, IEQ 2.0

Danfoss Pvt Ltd Products: Pumps& wide range of HVAC equipments Website: Email: Address: 296, Old Mahabalipuram Road Sholinganallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119 Phone: (44) 65501555 Edgetech Air Systems Pvt. Ltd. Products: Complete range of AHU’s Website: Email: Contact: Mr. Rajiv Mathur Email : Phone : +91-09910998484 Address: 296, Old Mahabalipuram Road Sholinganallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600119 Phone: (44) 65501555 Johnson Controls, details above.

Heat Recovery Wheels
Especially in Summer the exhaust air from the room will be of lower temperature than the fresh air, this shows a potential to implement a heat recovery wheel and save energy. Additional Heat Recovery Wheels can help in dehumidification of the air.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0

Important Points:
Efficiency Rate

Desiccant Rotors International Products: Heat Recovery Wheel(HRW), EnerGy Recovery Ventilators (ERV), Dedicated Outdoor Air System(DOAS), Treated Fresh Air Unit(TFA), Co2 Sensors, Evaporative Cooling Pads(ECP), Artic Cooler, Spot Cooler. Advantages of the product: DRI’s “Green” products helps in recovering energy, increase ventilation & control humidity. Green Aspects of the product: DRI’s “Green” products help to earn LEED points by optimizing energy performance of air conditioning systems resulting in • Considerable reduction in installed tonnage, • Reduction in utility bills for entire life cycle, • Enhanced IAQ, • Productivity and reduced health risks. Contact Person: Rahul Aeron, Ph. No.(0124) 4188888 Website: Address: Plot No.100-101, Udyog Vihar, Phase.IV, Gurgaon 122015

Lights can be responsible for a big part of the energy consumption of the building. Efficient lights and luminaires are necessary in a green building. T5’s or LED’s should be selected. The performance is given in Lumen per Watt (ln/W) which should be greater then 70 ln/W.
BajajLuminaires Products: Various types of Indoor & Outdoor Lighting fixtures. Contact Person: Mr K.Naveen / / 022-23765000 Website: Address:15/17, Sant Savta Marg, Reavy Raod, Mumbai - 10 Phone:022-23765000

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0

Important Points:
Lumen per Watt

Lighting Control, daylight sensors, occupancy sensors
Intelligent Lighting control can save a lot of energy. For non-regular occupied areas like Toilets occupancy sensors can be used which automatically switch off the light when it is not in use. For areas with sufficient daylight levels, daylight sensors can be installed to reduce the amount of artificial lighting during the day.
Johnson Controls, details under Chillers

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0

Renewable Energy
Onsite Renewable Energy Systems, like (Building Integrated) Photovoltaic, small Windturbines or even a Biogas systems will lower the energy consumption from the grid and are a clean way to generate electricity. Investing in Offsite renewable energy plants will help to achieve credit EA 6.0 Green Power.

LEED Credits:
EA 2.0, EA 6.0

Important Points:
Efficiency of System and Potential on Site

Team Sustain Products: SPV system design, Engineering & Integration, Solar water heaters design, Engineering & Waste To energy solutions, Energy efficiency solutions, Sustainable boating solutions, Green building consultancy, Eco-Tourism, Carbon neutral tourism, Net Zero buildings and resorts, Corporate Carbon Management. Advantages of the product: Pioneered THE CONCEPT OF ‘CARBON NEUTRAL AND NET ZERO ECO RESORTS’ Green Aspects of the product: Renewable energy generation, reduce the carbon and ecological footprint Contact: Mr. MATHEW PHILIP : 09995806668 Address: Teamhouse, Plot No 71, Mra, Kakkanad, Cochin – 682030, Kerala. Phone: +91 484 3298806 / 07

Evaporative/Natural Cooling
Fresh air ventilation is vital for a healthy indoor air quality. Toxins and CO2 will be replaced with oxygen rich fresh air which also contributes to a higher productivity of occupants. Additional air filters and cooling devices can be part of a treated fresh air unit.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, IAQ 2.0, IAQ 7.1

Important Points:
Efficiency of System

BREEZAIR INDIA (KK NAG) Products: Wide range of applications for residential, commercial and Industrial, fitness center, malls multiplexes. Contact Person: Nishant A Gadkari,, 09325407050 Advantages of the product: The quietest and most efficient ducted evaporative air conditioning system Green Aspects of the product: Delivers cool, clean, healthy, 100 % fresh air throughout each room at consumption of very little power as low as light bulb. Address: Gate No: 393, Po: Urse, Tal: Maval, Dist: Pune. Phone: 02114237081 Website:

Controls and Sensors
Controls for HVAC, lighting and other electrical equipment help to document energy consumption accurately and identify problems immediately. A professionally installed control system can save up to 20% of the buildings energy consumption and allows to work with a user-friendly interface.
Johnson Controls, details under Chillers

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, IAQ 1.0, IAQ 6.1 (Lighting), IAQ 6.2 (Thermal Controls)

Important Points:
Efficiency of System

Adhesives and Sealants
Adhesives and Sealants used on the interior for many application must not exceed the given VOC values, which could cause breathing problems for occupants.

LEED Credits: Important Points:
Low VOC content (refer to the NC referenc guide) IAQ 4.1

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McCoy Soudal Sealants, Adhesives & Foams Pvt. Ltd Products: Sealants, Adhesives, PU foams and Technical Aerosols Advantages of the product: Insulating (thermal & acoustic), waterproofing, aesthetics, easy-to-apply, sealing, bonding, Fire retardant products, Hygiene protection sealants Green Aspects of the product: Low VOC, no-solvents, no-isocyante, thermal insulation, saving energy, LEAD,CFC-free Contact Person : Emmanuel De Smedt 9717355520 Address: C-55, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-I, New Delhi-110020; INDIA. Phone: 91-11-40623344 ( 30 Lines)

Paints used for interior painting should indicate a Low/No-VOC value as the VOC content has negative effects on human health.

LEED Credits:
IAQ 4.2

NIPPON PAINT (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED Products: Automotive, Decorative, Industrial, Auto Refinish, Marine and road marking paints. Advantages of product: Nippon Paint has developed highly functional products and systems that keep bacteria and paint odor at bay, reduce the number of coating processes, minimize water disposal and save energy. Green Aspects of the product: Near Zero VOC Paints help in creating a healthy indoor environment. Solar Reflective Paints reduce heat island effect and reduce energy consumption of the building. Contact : 044-4298-2222 / / Address: KRM Centre, 9th floor, East Wing, No.2, Harrington Road, Chetpet, Phone: 044-4298-2222

Door & Window systems (controls)
Automatic door systems contribute towards energysavings and pollution source control (IAQ 5.0). Openable Windows influence the thermal comfort for occupants (IAQ 6.2) and also allow natural and cross ventilation. Automatic opening/closing devices can also be combined with rain and wind sensors.

LEED Credits:
EA 1.0, IAQ 5.0, IAQ 6.2

GEZE India Private Limited Products: Door Technology, Automatic Door Systems, Window opening system, Nautral Smoke & Heat Ventilation System, Safety-Security-Access Control System and Emergency Exit System, Glass Technology. Advantages of product: Almost all GEZE products can be integrated and controlled via a single building management system. Green Aspects of product : GEZE products has solution in every area of Green building both in Interior and Exterior applications. Contact Person: Mr. CS Premkumar,, +91 44 3061 6900 Address: MF 2&3, Guindy Industrial Estate, Ekkattuthangal, Chennai - 600097. India Phone: +91 44 3061 6900

Drip Irrigation
Effective irrigation of landscape is reducing (fresh) water needs and contributing to achieve credit WE 1.1 and 1.2. Drip irrigation is preferred to sprinklers and manual irrigation as the evaporation rate is less and efficiency higher.
Jain Irrigation Ltd Products: : Wide range of irrigation systems and components, turnkey services provided. (Pipes, Drip, Sprinkler, PVC & PC Sheets) Address: Jalgaon - Head Office Jain Plastic Park, Jalgaon - 425 001. Tel : +91 257 225 8011 / 22, Website:

LEED Credits:
WE 1.1 & 1.2

Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)
Sewage Treatment is an important measure to reduce water pollution and generate treated water which can be used for landscaping and flushing purposes.

LEED Credits:
WE 1.1, WE 1.2 ,WE 3.0

Enhanced WAPP Systems (India) Pvt Ltd Products: Sewage Treatment Plants based on SBR technology Advantages of product: Energy Saving, Cost Effective, Flexible, Compact, Fully Automatic Green Aspects of product: Energy Saving, Waste Water to Values Water Contact Person: Mr. Rajesh Jain (MD) 0124-4710900 914-B, 9th Floor, Park Central Sector – 30, Gurgaon (Haryana) – 122001 Phone: 0124 - 4710900

Toilets, Urinals, Faucets
All water fixtures used in the building should contribute towards efficient water use. Toilets need to be low-flush and dual flush, Urinals have to be low-flush or no-flush (waterless). Showers and Faucets must be low flow with aerators and should have automatic sensors.
Roca Products: Water efficient fixtures, Water efficient toilets & urinals. Website:

LEED Credits:
WE 4.1 & 4.2

Important Points:
Low-Flush & Dual-Flush (Toilets), Aerators & Sensors (Faucets)

HSIL Limited Products: Sanitaryware, Bathroom products, Wellness. Kitchen Appliances, Bath Fittings and Tiles Advantages of product: Water saving fixtures and innovative solutions Green Aspects of product: Conserving water through water efficient flow and flush fixtures, also waterless urinals are available. Contact Person: Mr Nitin Kulkarni, +919971888424, Address: III Floor, Unit No 301-302, Park Centra, Sector 30, N H-8, Gurgaon 122 001 Phone: 0124 2447200/377

Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles do not have exhaust fuemes and reduce noise pollution. On site they should be given preference and charging facilities should be available.

LEED Credits:
SS 4.2

BSA Motors India Products: Electric Scooters Advantages of product: Reduced noise pollution, no exhaust fumes, energy efficient, low maintenance cost Green Aspects of product: no CO2 emissions, electric vehicle, potential to earn LEED credits Website: Address: Post Bag No: 5, Ambattur, Chennai – 600053, Tamil Nadu Phone: 044-42879410

Green Roof
Green Roofs help in stormwater management and reducing the Heat Island effect as well as contributing towards energy savings. Additional the roof can be converted to a usable garden.

LEED Credits:
SS 6.1, SS 6.2, SS 7.2, EA 1.0

ELT India Products: Pre Grown Green Roofs, Vertical Gardens Advantages of product: Modular system, light weight, in built irrigation system, pre-grown Green Aspects of product: Green Roofs reduce the heat island effect and contribute to Stormwater management, Indoor Vertical Gardens filter the air, add oxygen and increase the indoor air quality. Contact Person: Anuradha Barpande, 09923204700, Website:\ Address: Shop No 9, sunflower Building, S.No77/1, Baner, Pune-411045 Phone: 09764020000, 09923204700

Solar Reflective Paint
Solar Reflective Paints on the roof and exterior Walls are reducing the heat island effect and also help to reduce energy consumption for air conditioning. Nippon Paints details under Paints

LEED Credits:
SS 7.2, EA 1.0

Important Points:
High SRI value

Swissôtel Kolkata, Neotia Vista
designed with Everest Products
verest Industries, one of the most trusted names in construction and building solutions industry, product portfolio has been extensively used in the recently launched Swissôtel Kolkata, Neotia Vista. Swissôtel Kolkata is a contemporary deluxe hotel located in New Town, Rajarhat one of the fastest growing townships in Kolkata, only a few minutes away from the Kolkata Airport. The 147-room business hotel is also the first fivestar address in New Town and the closest to the airport. “We are largely targeting airport-generated traffic. Swissotel is also the closest — in terms of time — to Sector V, the IT hub of Kolkata,” said Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Realty. “The hotel is being positioned for the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) market,” he added. With a comprehensive array of leisure and business facilities, Swissôtel is part of a new urban development with shops, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. Boasting an under-one-roof concept, this hotel has 147 contemporary guest rooms and luxury suites some with spectacular jacuzzis, four restaurants and bars, a fitness centre, two spa treatment rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and over 1261 metres of meeting space.


Everest Product Portfolio Employed:
Everest products such as Fibre Cement Boards have been extensively used in the hotel in various applications improving the building’s performance as well as providing energy efficient interiors. Everest Fibre cement boards & solutions being light weight & due to inherent good Fire/ Thermal/ Sound insulation/ High impact resistance values meet typical building requirements such as acoustics/ Good fire & thermal insulation/ Good impact resistance / Hygiene / Structural load saving & Least Seismic impact damage. Elaborating on this stated Mr. Manish Sanghi, Managing Director, Everest Industries, “Our products provide solutions for both external and internal applications, adapt to design flexibility and adhere to performance parameters such as acoustics and fire protection. He added, “Our products have high impact resistance to withstand high traffic abuse, which is usually considered in hotel interiors.” Everest Fibre cement boards are registered member of IGBC and perfect durable green material for energy efficient green building solution. The Fibre cement boards have been used in many applications in the hotel such as for linings, claddings, interiors, as well as internal partitions and the walls. The Fibre Cement Board has also been used for Walls/Internal partitions such as dividing the walls between pantry/Banquet, creating partitions within the banquet to create an aisle for services. The Fibre cement boards were also used for internal cladding with post lamination of veneer/ ceramic tiles/ stones. The fibre cement boards were also used as a water wall base to water bodies, terrace top swimming pool as well as base wall to mount the hotel logo and the main entrance gate pillars. The hotel also features Everest’s false ceilings with seamless finish as well as false ceiling with groove finish.

Kapil Bhalla- Architect of Swissôtel
Mumbai based Mr. Kapil Bhalla, Studio for Environment & Architecture has designed this hotel. The design of Swissôtel takes its inspiration from the Sunderbans, one the most unique ecosystems in the world. Elaborating further, Mr. Kapil Bhalla explained, "We came with ideas for the project by combining tradition and innovation, with an appreciation for nature while capturing the essence of West Bengal's culture and craftsmanship.” The modern architecture of Swissôtel makes it eyecatching as it offers many unique features such as “the city’s largest pillar-free conference hall” named Bern, which covers 7,064 sq. ft. and can be split into separate areas, complete with conferencing technology.

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Soft House by Sheila Kennedy
Sheila Kennedy, an expert in the integration of solar cell technology in architecture who is now at MIT, creates designs for flexible photovoltaic materials that may change the way buildings receive and distribute energy. Soft House is a structure that can create close to 16,000 watthours of electricity by transforming household curtains into flexible, semi-transparent, solar collectors. Textiles have been a fixture of architecture and design for their ability to define and modify a space. For Sheila Kennedy, textiles are just another material from which energy can be generated. The thin-film photovoltaic textiles are essentially solar panels created from organic photovoltaic. While not as efficient as the silicon based type, they are able to be molded and modified without any manufacturing process. The cost of the solar textiles would, at current, make it cost prohibitive. However, Kennedy’s work on this project shows that renewable energy technologies can be easily integrated into designs in ways that had never been thought of before.

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Habitat 2020 by P hilips design probes
Creating a sustainable housing for a Megalopolis in China 2020 explores a project that integrates electronics and biochemistry. With this concept, the current approach of building and habitats is dependent on the grids of energy and water supply will definitely change. The building materials can be used for shielding purposes and these future habitats of China are designed to have sensitive functional skins that will act as membranes to harness energy. In addition, the membrane creates a strong link between the interior and exterior of the habitat whilst being used as a transporter, collecting and channeling the elements of air, water and light from the outside. The concept fundamentally changes the current approach to buildings and habitat. Whereas building surfaces are currently inert ‘dumb’ materials only used for shielding purposes, this future habitat shifts to sensitive functional skins that are ‘alive’ and act as membranes to harness energy. A membrane creates a strong link between the exterior and interior of the habitat and can be used as a transporter, collecting and channeling the elements of air, water and light from exterior to interior. This will supply the habitat with all necessary sources to be able to live off the grid.
Project website, picture & information source: projects/sustainable_habitat_2020

Ultimately it explores the integration of electronics and biochemical functionalities into the inert material of the built environment.

A new green complex from world renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners will be adding more than a dash of green to the Singapore skyline since 2007. As sustainability becomes an essential ingredient to development in this island nation, the UK-based firm is leaving no stone unturned to make good use of alternative energy sources in this 150,000 square meter mixed-use project. The complex will fill an entire city block between Singapore’s Marina Center and the Civic District with commercial, residential, retail, hotels, and a ‘green’ link to a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. All facades will be fitted with solar cells and, to help control solar gain, direct sunlight will be filtered through ribbon-like canopies rising from the base of the entire complex to the exposed east and west elevations of the towers.

Singapore City by F + P oster artners

The canopies will form vertical louvers at the elevations and provide more renewable on-site energy with integrated thin-film solar arrays. Vertical green spaces and extensive sky gardens are also important components of the towers, further greening the whole structure with natural vegetation and ambient temperature moderation. The slanted facades are designed to catch the wind and direct it downwards for natural cooling of the ground floor spaces. A rainwater harvesting system, geothermal heating system, chilled beams and ceilings, and an ice storage system for cooling are further enhancements planned for the complex. While it looks intensely complex, the design takes advantage of simple green building principles like passive solar, natural ventilation and natural cooling. The building will function in sync with the surrounding climate, and just might be the perfect merger of elevated architecture and grounded green building.

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I wamoto Scott Architects V ision “San F rancisco in 2108”

San Francisco is already one of the greenest cities in the US, but check out this wild new concept from Iwamoto Scott Architects to completely remake the city into an ecotopia by 2108. The design, which is as visually stunning as it is thought-provoking, recently won the History Channel’s City of the Future competition. It’s a full-scale urban system that combines the most innovative green technologies with San Francisco’s unique micro climate and geologic conditions, to produce a compelling vision for the future. Hydro-Net, as the project is known, is designed with algae-harvesting towers, geothermal energy ‘mushrooms’, and fog catchers which distill fresh water from San Francisco’s infamous fog. It is an extensive network of above ground and underground systems that fulfill infrastructural needs for the movement of people, water, hover-cars, and energy throughout the city. This network would connect water, power collection, and distribution systems across the city, forming one giant super-system that would resemble seaweed and chanterelle mushroom in its form. The aquifer and geothermal sources beneath San Francisco would be utilized as the source of water and power, while ponds and “forests” of algae would produce hydrogen. The walls of the network would consist of carbon nanotubes walls, which would store and distribute the hydrogen generated by algae. The hydrogen would in turn be used as fuel to run hover-cars in the underground tunnels. The network also includes fog catchers that harvest air moisture, ecotowers, and more.
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Electricity-Generating T-Shirts
University of Texas at Dallas scientists are spinning yarn out of powder-infused carbon nanotubes in the hopes of creating textiles that can power the latest iPad. The nanotubes give superconducting particles, such as boron and magnesium powder, a more manageable form without binders or lasers. Their goal: To weave this energy-transmitting yarn into lightweight batteries you can wear. Powdered materials like boron and magnesium play a vital role in battery electrodes, superconducting wires, and even catalysts in fuel cells, but they are difficult to work with without complicated processes to bind their shape. By “growing” a web of nanotubes and then spraying it with the powder, any finely ground material can be turned into a “sewable, knittable, knotable, braidable yarn,” says Ray Baughman, director of the university’s Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute. The powder, which can account for 95 to 99 percent of the yarn’s weight, is trapped inside the twists of the nanotube web. “When you wash it, almost all the powder is retained,” he adds. The concept of wearable batteries that look like regular clothing could be a major game-changer. Designers worldwide will be clamoring to incorporate energy-storing textiles into their collections. No need to search for a power outlet—charging your device could be as simple as plugging it into your T-shirt.

Asia’s F T irst idal P P ower lant in India
India has joined the tidal power wave with the approval of a commercial-scale tidal power plant in the Gulf of Kutch. The 50 Mw plant will be developed by the London-based company Atlantis Resources Corporation in partnership with Gujarat Power Corporation, and construction will start this year. The plant should be operating by 2013, making it the first of its kind in Asia (Korea’s tidal power plant won’t be finished until 2015). Last year, Atlantis unveiled the world’s largest tidal turbine in Scotland, where they installed a 378 Mw tidal power project. An initial economic and technical study by the company indicated that the Gulf of Kutch could produce as much as 300 Mw of extractable tidal power, but the plant is likely to be scaled up to a capacity of 250 Mw. Tidal plants usually take between eight and twelve years to break even, but their environmental advantages are unparalleled. Tidal power is incredibly predictable, making it one of the most reliable sources of renewable energy.

HYMINI W owered Gadget Charger ind-P
The HYMINI is a compact device that allows you to utilize the power of the wind anywhere you go. This portable mini wind turbine can be connected to various devices, allowing you to charge your camera, cell phone or any other small electronic device via the power of wind. You can easily attach your HYMINI to your bike or take it with you on your next run around the block. With their newly-introduced personal wind turbine armband, you can now power your iPod while your iTunes set your pace.

W P ind owered Outdoor Light
Developed by young British inventor Tom Lawton, The Firewinder is an innovative outdoor lighting system that transforms wind into a visual display of light. This decorative lamp is 100% wind-powered, and it reacts to subtle variations in wind speed to create a vibrant expression of your natural surroundings.

T Greenbird: T W he he orld’s F astest W P ind owered Land V ehicle

Wind has been powering transportation since the first gust of wind hit a sail. Now, the wind is propelling vehicles on new terrain land. The Greenbird is "part aeroplane, part sailboat, and part Formula One car," and it's the fastest wind-powered land vehicle on Earth. The Greenbird broke the world land speed record last March, and this year it's back for more on the frozen lakes of Montana.

Eolic: A F oldable, P ortable W T ind urbine
Although it's relatively easy to find a quality portable solar charger, wind turbines that can produce the same amount of energy haven't had the same success. Now, thanks to the Ecolic, a small wind turbine currently being developed for consumer use, this could be a problem of the past. Designed by Marcos Madia and Sergio Ohashi, this gadget is both portable and powerful, and it can be mounted on its telescopic pole in just three easy steps. Not only is this good for consumers, but the Ecolic could also prove to be extremely useful in developing countries or in disaster situations where on-the-grid power isn't available.

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t may sound futuristic to have a building providing a healthy and comfortable indoor environment which is consuming about 60% less energy and the remaining 40% is fully powered by solar energy. The water efficient fixtures in the toilet use 40% less water. The Zero Energy Space brought this concept to reality and showcases a building which even runs the air-conditioning system fully on solar power. The Zero Energy Space shows future technologies of buildings and opens up the possibilities of energy-efficiency and energy generation on site. The Zero Energy Space shows the latest green building technologies on 360 sqft in action and invites all stakeholders in the construction industry to experience the new level of building green. The building is transported in one piece and started its journey from Chennai to Mumbai to New Delhi and from there to Bangalor to be featured at construction related exhibitions in the country. The concept of the Zero Energy Space was developed by Isabelle, managing the operations of Inspired to be Green, “I am fascinated of the potential of Zero Energy Buildings. Worldwide buildings consume around 30% to 40% of the total energy produced (as stated by UNEP). We are showing that every single building out there has the possibility to be energy efficient and generate all its power needs on its own, that implies that it is possible to reduce the word’s energy consumption by 30% to 40%. This is a solution for climate change, power shortage and clean energy generation at the same time.” The success of the Zero Energy Space lies in the combination of the most advanced building technologies available. It has taken a period of 5 month to find and select the best materials and systems available, the actual construction took only 2 weeks. Walls and Roofs are made with a strong, lightweight and modern technology using Everest Fiber Cement Boards and EPS and XPS insulation from Beardsell and Supreme Petrochem. The whole building is well insulated and by using advanced building technologies from all over the world the energy needs could be brought down even more by using Aluplast Windows (double glazed UPVC windows) from Germany. Breezair has installed one of the most efficient air cooling units from Australia. Panasonic air conditioning brought their latest technologies from Japan. The whole solar system was designed from Team Sustain using GETwatt panels from Korea and an Outback Inverter technology from USA. Roca contributed water-saving toilet fixtures and Surabhi Bamboo installed engineered bamboo from USA. Low VOC paints from Nippon Paints complete the product list.

Zero Energy Space

Success Story

Appreciated by leading Architects, Builders and the Chairmen of the Indian Green Building Council. Visitors could experience this concept live! The building was a highlight at the Indian Green Building Congress in Chennai and the ET ACETECH in Mumbai, ET ACETECH in Delhi from 17th to 19th December at Pragati Maidan. The project was conceptualized by Inspired to be Green and supported by Indian and International Product Manufacturers namely Aluplast Windows, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Petrochem, Roca Bathrooms, Breezair Aircooling, Team Sustain Solar System. First of it’s kind initiative to showcase a selfsustaining building with the best green building materials available worldwide. This revolutionary concept has the potential to save 40% of the world’s total energy consumption. The building is fully air-conditioned with solar power and shows the most efficient building materials and technologies available on the market.

“A majority of the energy used in the building is for air conditioning and lighting. To reduce the AC load, first you have to prevent the heat entering your building through the building “skin”. Solar reflective paints which can reduce the surface temperature by up to 5 degree Celsius have been applied on exterior walls and roof. Construction with fiber cement boards and 2 inch insulation panels reduce the heat conduction further. The UPVC framed windows which are double and triple glazed units with solar reflective properties also play a major role in the system. The cooling load is reduced drastically and the air conditioning system can work even more efficiently. To create a healthy environment we have applied only LOW VOC paints and using a 100% fresh air cooling unit. Lighting of the building is done with help of the latest LED technology. In this project, we are using only a little more than one regular light bulb to light up the entire space (78 W to light 360 sqft) and a 1 ton air conditioner for 350 square feet (typically you require 1 ton for every 100 square feet). Power requirements are taken care of by the photovoltaic system installed on the rooftop and all generated power is saved in a battery bank, to provide over 6 hours of back up energy. The building has no connection to the electricity grid and is full self sustaining. The bathroom is using all water saving fixtures to save our scarce resources of fresh water.” The Zero Energy Space is a fully functional prototype, and this concept can be adapted and applied for an IT building, or a residence or even a school. It is possible that we build self sustaining structures and reap the benefits of energy savings and high comfort at the same time. The target behind the Zero Energy Space initiative is to educate people about the intelligent use of technology and give them the experience and feel of such a building. Green Buildings help to save the environment, save you money and have a positive impact on your health. Now that’s a win-win situation for everyone. The project was initiated by Indian and International Product Manufacturers: Aluplast Windows, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Petrochem, Roca Bathrooms, Breezair Aircooling, Team Sustain and Inspired to be Green.

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Interview with Mr Chitty Babu
Babu, es Pvt. Ltd. Mr T Chitty shaya Hom n & CEO Ak Chairma

1. When and how did you get to know about Green Buildings?
Akshaya has been in the forefront of real estate development in South India since 1995. Ever since inception we have been consciously looking at ways and means to minimize the depletion of environment and have tried to use recyclable materials in our construction. In our country the green movement in real estate space began to gain momentum with the formation of the IGBC in the year 2001. I have been a member of IGBC since 2008 and our company is also a life member of the Indian Green Building Council.

Reducing the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings is therefore fundamental to the effort to slow the pace of global climate change. Buildings may be associated with the release of greenhouse gases in other ways, for example, construction and demolition debris that degrades in landfills may generate methane, and the extraction and manufacturing of building materials may also generate greenhouse gas emissions. We have decided to design our buildings as GREEN buildings to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by efficiently using energy, water, and other resources protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity, reducing waste, pollution and environment degradation. In our projects we undertake a conscious effort to reduce the carbon footprint. From the industry perspective going green ensures that waste is minimized at every stage during the construction and operation of the building, resulting in low costs. Coupled to this is the environmental benefit of enhancing and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems improve air and water quality reduce waste streams, conserve and restore natural resources.

2. What was the reason for you to take it up in your own projects?
As a responsible corporate citizen, at Akshaya we believe that our pursuit of wealth creation cannot be at the cost of being insensitive to the environment. We desire that we should leave behind a better place for the future generation to live in. Global warming is a phenomenon that is of concern all across the globe and our efforts in how to contain the global warming and the accompanying climate change, is going to decide what kind of world we want to leave behind for our future generations. Our industry, one which constructs buildings is one of the major contributors to climate change. The energy used to heat and power our buildings leads to the consumption of large amounts of energy, mainly from burning fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - which generate significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), the most widespread greenhouse gas. Recent survey shows that buildings in the U.S. contribute 38.1 percent of the nation's total carbon dioxide emissions and our country cannot be far behind.

3. What challenges did you and your team have to face while construction a green building in India?
The prime challenge is to understand that sustainable development can occur only if the planners and architects work together from the inception stage itself as I have realised that if the same is not initiated then to implement the same at the execution stage becomes difficult to implement technically. The challenges we have faced includes a) identifying the right site b) The availability of Green materials that save on energy c) Reuse of recyclable water for flushing.

4. A lot of people think that Green Buildings are much more expensive then conventional construction. How did you face the cost aspects and why did you invest more into your building?
At Akshaya we realise that the construction cost of Green Buildings is more than the conventional construction. Typically when one constructs keeping the environment need in mind there is no significant change in cost but in the process of complying with the parameters laid down to achieve LEED Silver, Gold or Platinum certification the cost can escalate by about 5% which can be recouped by reduced maintenance cost. Our decision to GO Green has been arrived at for the following reason: Buildings that consume least energy provide the best value for the public through both life cycle cost benefits and positive effects on human health and performance. A recent study reflects that buildings designed with minimum energy use, shows that energy use is down 26% and occupant satisfaction up 27%, compared to commercial office benchmark data. More importantly, buildings, which use an integrated design approach, deliver significantly better results with less energy consumption, lower maintenance costs, and less water use. The careful use of materials can reduce energy consumption during the manufacturing process and protect the health of occupants. Careful construction techniques can reduce the amount of construction waste that reaches landfills by 95% or more. Re-use of existing structures can reduce resource consumption while preserving our country’s heritage. Careful designing can make buildings perform better from both environmental and human perspectives: proximity to transportation reduces pollution and improves occupants’ quality of life. The key is holistic, integrated consideration of all the factors that influence building, including consideration of the decision of whether to build at all.

Rubics Square, Chennai

Orbit, Chennai

5. How do you see the future of green buildings in India?
Green Buildings is the way forward and if we want to bench mark against the global standards then we need to ensure that our developments are sustainable in order to preserve the environment and prevent depletion. We need to take a conscious decision and construct only GREEN Buildings.

G Square, Chennai

6. What are the plans for your upcoming "green" projects?
At Akshaya we have taken a policy decision that all our projects/ buildings will be Green. Currently we are developing Residential projects Orbit 11 in Coimbatore, 36 Carat on PH Road, Chennai ,The Belvedere in Urapakkam Chennai and project January in OMR Chennai. Apart from this we are developing commercial projects Domaine and Rubics Square in OMR Chennai and commercial project VIBGYOR in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The area being developed in these projects all of which will be Green Buildings is around 1.42 million sq ft.

January, Chennai

7. Your personal advice to builders who are not "green" up to now?
My personal advice would be that as responsible citizens we need to ensure that we construct only Green Building so that we can leave behind a greener planet for our future generations.

In the name of Inspired to be Green I thank you for sharing your insights about Green Buildings with us and I wish you the best of success for your upcoming Green Projects. Isabelle.

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cts reen Proje G Upcoming

1. BHUVANA GREENS Location: 1km off Sarjapur road, (Amritha College road), Kasavanahalli, Bangalore Year of Completion: End 2012/Early 2013 Sector: Residential-luxury green apartments. Built up area : 3.5 lakhs sqft approx Rating: Targeted IGBC rating Gold-review under process. (Advance stage) Architect information: Strada consultants, Indira nagar, Bangalore More information: Prisha Properties, Koramangala, Banglore. Phone 080-42042190/91

2. NORTH BRIDGE Location: Opposite Manyata Tech Park, Nagavara, Bangalore Year of Completion: Early/Middle 2013 Sector: Residential-Ultra Luxury High End, Green Apartments and Penthouses . Built up area: 2.9 lakhs sqft approx Rating: Targeted IGBC Rating Platinum (Under Submission) Architect information: Mr.Anil Bhaskaran, Idea Centre, Langford Town, Bangalore. More information: Prisha Properties, Koramangala, Banglore. Phone 080-42042190/91

3. FOREST RIDGE Location: Hyderabad, Shamirpet Year of Completion: First Villas completed in 2011 Sector: Residential Designer Villas, Gated Community Projects Pvt. Ltd. Rating: Targeted IGBC Green Homes Platinum (Under Submission) More information: Mr. Shankeriah, Mob: +919908072979, Speed Projects, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500081.

4. THE EMPYREAN , PHASE 1 Location: Chikkatirupati, Malur District, Bangalore Year of Completion: March, 2012 Sector: Township – Residential + Commercial Built up area: 1,00,051 sqm Rating: Targeted IGBC Green Homes Gold Architect information: Advani Associates & Dutta Kanna Architects For further details FIRE Luxur Developers Pvt. Ltd. or
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Energy Invention
An Indian Invention to revolutionize the use of waste heat
here are endless sources of waste heat in our buildings and industrial processes. Like waste heat from condenser units or as a result of mechanical processes. Up to now there are no widely commercialized appliances to convert heat of 80 degree celsius into mechanical/electrical energy. The invention of a LOW temperature SMA Heat Engine could revolutionize the use of low temperature heat which can even be produced by simple solar water heaters. The heat engine utilized Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) and the principle of magnetic levitation for converting low-grade thermal energy into mechanical energy. Further the heat engine can operate over a wide range of temperatures by selecting an appropriate SMA. The technology is patented and could find many different applications and bring renewable energy generation to a different level. Greenroute Enviro Technologies Pvt. Ltd and the inventor of the SMA Heat Engine have received several prestigious awards and are now looking for business partners to commercialize this engine. Technology and working principle behind the 3 KW prototype engine: The SMA wire contracts upon receiving the thermal energy from


the heat transfer fluid. The contraction exerts a force on a corresponding lever that is coupled with the SMA wire. The force exerted on the lever pushes a stator magnet of the plurality of stator magnets towards a rotor magnet of the plurality of rotor magnets. Like poles of the stator magnet and the rotor magnet repel each other, to cause a kicking action. The kicking action causes the rotor to rotate, which further rotates the output shaft. Rotation of the output shaft causes the first circular disc and the second circular disc to rotate simultaneously. This rotation causes the contracted SMA wire to break contact with the heat transfer fluid. The SMA wire is exposed to air, and expands upon losing the thermal energy. Further, the rotation causes an adjacent SMA wire to contract the heat transfer fluid and receive the thermal energy. The adjacent SMA wire undergoes the contraction, and causes the rotation of the output shaft. This cycle is repeated till the heat transfer fluid continues to provide the thermal energy to the SMA wires. For more information and cooperation opportunities please get in contact with Greenroute Eviro Technologies Pvt Ltd, 219 Qutab Plaza, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon 122002, Phone 0124 4380779,

ntroduces Roca i ter-Saving a-Slim Wa Ultr Cisterns Concealed
– Concealed Slendra M cistern 80M

“ oca is deeply committed to excellence in production and design of its product, with a purpose of offering its clients spaces which would provide them with unique experiences. Roca's status as the leading global brand is reflected in creating a variety of products which are easily adaptable to the habits of consumers throughout the world, and offer tailor made solutions for all kinds of demands, both for the present and the future.”
Your lifestyle is changing, And your bathroom will vouch for this fact. Clumsy fittings are out, ergonomic designs are in. Traditional functionality is a passé while cutting-edge technology is a must-have feature for any product used in this space. At Roca, we understand this change. That’s why we are steadfastly focused towards creating products creating product which are not just smooth performers created to complement your evolving lifestyle needs but also they are as environment conscious in their orientation as you are.


Our latest offering ‘Slendra’ is India’s first Green concealed cistern with a unique water-saving adjustable flushing feature that ensures optimum performance with minimum water consumption (upto 20% less water consumption as compared to ordinary cisterns). The best part is,it is slim, pre wall cistern which promises to redefine the concept of space management and décor in any bathroom. So, why wait? Add this stylish eco-efficient touch to your bathroom today.

About Roca
Roca is the world leader in the definition of bathroom space and a benchmark reference in the world of design. Currently, they are active in more than 135 markets and have 65 plants spread across 17 countries. In a process of continuous evolution, Roca is deeply committed to the excellence of the design of its products with the objective of offering their clients spaces in which all five senses encounter unique experiences. Roca´s status as world brand leader is reflected in their creation of highly versatile products, easily adaptable to the habits of consumers all over the world and which offer tailored solutions to all requirements.

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he new trend in India is to craft green buildings by focusing on environment friendly options which are LEED rating, ECBC compliance or Griha rated. Also, the sudden wake of construction industry is surprisingly good for the country as a whole, accompanied by an added advantage to reduce global warming. One cannot sideline factors like environmental protection, global warming, green buildings, hybrid cars, energy saving and more.

dignity and identity. The basic design principles include, ‘the healing environment’, patient focus, energy efficiency, life cycle costing a wealth of previous experience/post occupancy evaluation, knowledge of current and future trends, value for money, community involvement with cultural references, natural light and views, clarity of entrances and circulation (people oriented). The extension of Max Super Specialty Hospital to provide an additional capacity to the overall hospital development was located on an area of the adjacent vacant site, thereby allowing for the possibility of a further re-development of the existing hospital at some point in the future. Sitting/orientation of the main entrance and the primary face aspect of the building was dictated with little flexibility, facing South East. Given the large amount of accommodation required within the service profile and the small ground cover allowable, a multilevel solution was inevitable. Three basements were created with to accommodated the Oncology Department, Service Area and car parking. Ground levels were carefully modeled to allow entrance to the emergency and trauma unit at the rear of the building, whilst the main entrance was located at the main ground level above.

Max Healthcare, having created a distinction in healthcare with a clear focus on service and medical excellencies, also nurtures a vision to incorporate the best practices in its infrastructure. Within a built up area of approx 0.23 million sq.ft. The “Max Super Specialty Hospital” in Patparganj received LEED India Gold Rating under IGBC and is the First LEED certified Hospital Building of Northern India and also the first building in Delhi to be awarded the Gold Rating on LEED Certification. This 258 bed facility with best patient cares services in sync with the technology merges sustainable features with the complex services of a Tertiary Care Super Specialty Hospital Building. Its designed to enhance the maintenance of health, rather than the management of disease, reduce stress by creating a more relaxed environment and support peoples

A prudent and cultured organization advocates the importance of environment conservation with utmost precision,

LEED Certified Health Care

The main out-patients departments and clinical facilities were located at the lower levels in a footprint that covered the whole of the available ground cover area. To aid orientation, a central light well was created, helping to bring additional daylight into the centre of the building. Above the third floor podium, which was designed as a raised garden area, the in-patient accommodation was arranged in a U-shape around the sides and rear of the block, to optimize on daylight and views over the podium garden for each of the habitable rooms. The overall effect successfully meets the general design principles stated above. The hospital uses energy-efficient light fixtures which reduces the power consumption and further airconditioning power load because of less heat from fixtures. The power consumption (post survey) shows reduced energy levels more than 18 percent which includes power usages of machines andequipments used in the hospital. The building also maintains the IPD (Light Power Density) as low as 0.7 watts per sq.ft. of area which is very low for hospital lighting design. Power savings are achieved without sacrificing the Lux level of such a critical environment, the hospital maintains the Lux required by NBC (National Building Code).

not only focusing on its core subjects but also taking care of its impact on the secondary factors.

The article is authored by the Architect of the project: Ar Mayank Kaushal

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urther, the delicate lighting design also respects the outdoor environment as the light fixture which are installed outside are all inward focused fixtures and there is a minimum light pollution level around the surroundings of the hospital (no sky glow at night). The hospital focuses on the fresh and waste water issues by complementing sustainable features. The supply fixtures used inside the building are low flow fixtures. The LEED submitted report shows a 40 percent reduced water usage as compared to any other conventional building. The water once used after treatement is reused for entire landscaping and flushing purpose, which saves the direct use of water. The entire landscaping has been done taking into account that water for the landscaping is 100 percent reused water. Further, the project has used plant species which require less water throughout the year. It has also used the green pavers which increases the green cover all around the building to


ultimately give the green environment a respectable ratio to built-up mass. The project has given significant importance to airconditioning, heat reduction, passive measures such as double glazed glass windows, reflected roof top tiles etc, that were installed to reduce maximum heat impact on the building. The building follows ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers) which is the bench mark standard for HVAC and is known for their accuracy in calculating permutations and combinations for savings (LEED recognizes and follow these standards). The hospital uses R134a, which is worldwide considered as safe refrigerant. Post completion, stringent indoor air quality checks were carried out on-site to ensure best quality of air is reached to end users. To maintain good air quality standards, the hospital has also used low VOC compounds for all finishing materials such as paints, adhesives, etc.

The introduction of daylight and outside views as strategic points within the building plan enhance the quality of the internal environment. Productivity of building users increases within a properly ventilated; day lit and well designed environment so patient and staff comfort for environmental design issues. The building is designed to use less energy, with a more economical running and maintenance cost in long term. The design of the project focus on careful attention to sitting, Orientation, design and planning

for user comfort rather than the costly innovation or high maintenance controls. Keeping all LEED certification measures as top priority, Max Healthcare has declared its commitment towards the environment protection campaign. The Max Super Specialty Hospital Palparganj will now encourage and accelerate the global adoption of concept of Green Building and has become a paradigm not only for the upcoming hospitals, but also for the green building aspirants of the nation.

Max Super Speciality Hospital’ in Patparganj, New Delhi. Owner Chief of projects International Architect Lead Architect Project Architect (Green Building Coordinator) Project Manager Plumbing Consultants Electrical Consultants HVAC Consultants Area LEED Facilitator Max Healthcare Institute Ltd. Mr Pritipal Singh Ar Richard Wood (Wood Associates) Ar Apurva Srivastava (Max Healthcare) Ar Mayank Kaushal (Max Healthcare) Mr Vijay Kumar Tyagi V.S. Kukreja Associates Pvt. Ltd. Kanwar Krishen Associates Pvt Ltd Enviorocon Engineering Services 2,23,593 st ft Enviornmental Design Solutions

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Leading from the front Bayer MaterialScience Net-zero EcoCommercial Building
Dr. Ram Sai Yelamanchili, Head – ECB Centre of Excellence India Bayer Material Science Pvt. Ltd., Greater Noida U. P., India.


ustainable construction is a hot topic around the world, with new projects providing more and more evidence that it is possible to combine ecologically and financially sound approaches, especially in the area of public and commercial buildings. As part of the global Bayer Climate Program, Bayer MaterialScience launched its EcoCommercial Building (ECB) program which seeks to provide building decision makers with a collaborative network of product and service providers, focused on the construction of sustainable, net-zero energy commercial buildings through integrated design and innovative product solutions. The EcoCommercial Building program has a proven track record with three innovative buildings that have been constructed in different climates, with different energy resources and under different site conditions. The first EcoCommercial Building, the Bayer administration building in Diegem (Belgium), which has already been operational, was awarded the “Belgian Prize of Architecture and Energy”, in October 2009. The second, children’s day care centre in Monnheim (Germany) achieves an emissions-neutral energy balance over the course of the year and received the prestigious award for “Energy-Optimized Building 2009” by German Ministry of Economics as part of the “Berliner Energie Tage” event.

Recently, Bayer MaterialScience inaugurated the annual netzero energy & zero-emission EcoCommercial building at Greater Noida, near New Delhi, India. The building draws 100 percent of its electricity, annually, from a photovoltaic plant and needs 50 percent less power than comparable buildings in the region. The project demonstrates various innovative, sustainable building solutions that are particularly suited to the local conditions. Most of the solutions are already available in the marketplace, but are perhaps not combined in the right way or well known. This project is contending for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) NC Platinum rating and Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification. The EcoCommercial Building in India is built in conjunction with local companies, shows that the concept is also applicable in sub-tropical climates.

EcoCommercial Building at Greater Noida comprises of office areas on Ground and First Floor with 7151 sq. ft conditioned area. A zoning plan was developed for each floor & entered into the simulation model. Each zone was assigned a set of properties including lighting power density, equipment power density, occupancy rate, outside air requirement, material conductivity and fenestration area, etc. A wide range of individual energy conservation measures such as envelope insulation (floor, wall and roof insulation), type of windows, lighting controls & systems, central chiller plant were added to the base case to optimize the performance of the proposed building. All energy that would be used by building, including consumption for air conditioning, sewage & water treatment, on an annual basis would be generated from on-site photovoltaic cells which will significantly reduce the environmental impact by not contributing to any green house gas emission, climatic change or air pollution. Insulation is integral to this development. By radically reducing heat loss, energy consumption can be minimized and internal conditions can be controlled and maintained. Throughout the building, the floor, walls and roof are insulated with Polyurethane/Polyisocyanurate foam (PUR/ PIR) insulation boards and panels produced out of Baymer® from Bayer MaterialScience, which provide very high thermal insulation properties. During its lifetime, PUR/PIR foam insulation can save approx 70 times more carbon dioxide than it generates during production. The EcoCommercial Building program of Bayer MaterialScience is part of the Bayer sustainability program. It offers decisionmakers in the construction industry a unique portfolio of services and material solutions for energy-efficient and costeffective building. Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial Building at Greater Noida, is its first emissions-neutral office building in Asia.

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