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inspired to be

Volume 9

for those inspired by green, written by the experts in green
Dear Inspired
Mr Niranjan Hiranandani and his
It is my pleasure to motivation to go green
present you Volume
9 along with a “Green
Building Resource An outlook about LEED For Existing Buildings
Operations & Maintenance
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 A visit to Chennai’s first Green Library
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 Green Building Resources Guide
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. Future of green buildings, and technologies

I am delighted to include a showcase about

the Anna Library and Max Hospital as well as
Interviews with Mr Niranjan Hiranandani and Mr Success Story of Inspired to be Green’s
Chitty Babu who have given me a lot of Zero Energy Space

hope that more and more builders will be

devoted to Green Buildings.
Interview with Mr T Chitty Babu,
Now I can only wish you a lot of inspiration and Chairman & CEO Akshaya Homes Pvt. Ltd
success for your Green Building projects!
Stay inspired, LEED Certified Health care: Max Hospital

Isabelle 48
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Inspired to be GREEN I Volume 8 I 3
Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani

iranjan Hiranandani, Founder of Hirco and Co- a green garden and
founder of the Hiranandani Group in discussion with natural reserve the
Isabelle, Editor Inspired to be Green. “payback” happens
in a different way.
Hiranandani Group is known for projects of Hiranandani
Another reason for
Gardens, Hiranandani Business Park Powai & Thane,
us to go for green
Hiranandani Upscale Chennai and Bangalore and 23
buildings is that lot
Marina, Dubai. The group has continually pioneered newer
of buyers favor
technologies, bold design and precision engineering to create
green buildings
landmark residential townships and commercial complexes.
surrounded by
Propelled by the drive to change expectations and the lifestyle
gardens and
of people Hiranandani has ushered in an era marked by higher
standards of living and global lifestyle. natural forest
compared to other
What is the motivation behind your “green” modern but very
building activity? tight construction
developments. For
Humans are a part of nature so I think it is naturally us the environment is a top priority and we have taken a lot
that we are going for green buildings. The Hiranandani of initiatives to make Hiranandani Gardens in Powai to one of
Group wants to build better communities and we are not only the greenest places in Mumbai, the success speaks for itself.
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 Can you tell me a little bit more about your “Green”
our buildings with consideration of the environment. To activities?
construct buildings and whole townships has certainly a huge We have to think beyond our borders, for us “Green” is not
impact on the environment, and our target is to transform the
only restricted to the buildings. With a lot of efforts we are
surroundings in a positive way, increasing the biodiversity and
creating a whole green environment, to give back a part of
creating beautiful place to live.
land to nature. In Powai we have restored barren areas as
Let us talk about the commercial aspects of Green well as created beautiful landscapes all around our buildings,
Buildings, we know that there is a certain incremental cost walkways and streets. 40 percent of the land is used for the
involved, how do you face that challenge? purpose of greenery and open spaces. We have planted over
I think we need to see the “commercials” in a different way. If four lakh trees at Powai and created more than 100 acres of
you can transform a part of a city from a construction land into gardens and forest in that area.
and his motivation to go GREEN...
Ten years ago the 209-metre tall Powai hill, was completely or IGBC rated. Our projects are done with an environmentally
deforested, a victim of extensive quarrying activities. Left friendly design in mind, and we will continue this for our future
to the quarries there would have been no hill there today. The projects as well. The advantage of a LEED rated green
Hiranandani Group purchased the hill from quarry owners, building is a better recognition by the people, so we will
shut down the quarries and took up a massive afforestation decide on a case to case basis which of our future projects aims
programme. This is perhaps the largest environmental towards a LEED certification.
initiative by any private developer in India.
What are the challenges in constructing a Green Building?
Afforestation has helped in conserving soil and maintaining
the ecological balance. Proof of this can be seen both in the First it is the support of the client which is very important. There
greenery restored in the hills and the animal life found today, are challenges in the way of design, material selection, planning
which include over twenty-five exotic species of birds, otherwise and construction but we should always make our decision in
found in a natural forest only. A survey found rare birds such consensus with nature. As a leader in the construction industry
as Roseringed Parakeet, Koel, Whitebreasted Kingfisher, Pied we always have to face great challenges and we are facing
Myna, Jungle Babler and many other such unique birds in the those with determination. We have shown that it is possible
afforested area and Hiranandani Gardens. The nursery at the to create beautiful, healthy, eco-friendly living space in a
complex tended to by a full time horticulturist has over 500 crowded city such as Mumbai.
varieties of plants, trees, bamboos and shrubs, including over
fifty varieties of palms, many of which are rare. What is the reason behind your tall Buildings?
We have installed a sewage treatment plant at Powai that Our tall buildings are landmarks, and we want to take up a
processes four million litres of sewage daily. The treated water footprint which is as small as possible to preserve gardens and
is then used to maintain 40 acres of gardens. nature around our buildings.

Hiranandani’s BG House and Crisil House are LEED How do you see the future of Green Buildings?
Platinum rated buildings, will all your upcoming projects be
green from now on? I see more and more people moving towards Green Buildings.
We need to keep innovating and using the best building materials
You are right, BG House was Mumbai’s first LEED Platinum and systems. There are a lot of new technologies emerging which
rated building. Crisil House is energy-efficient, with a space plan help us in reducing the energy consumption of our buildings.
that maximizes the use of daylight. All workstations are within We need to implement those new technologies along with an
40ft of a window, and the atrium allows in substantial natural environmentally design to great buildings for the future. Green
light. Zoning allows ACs to be selectively switched off when Buildings give a direction they are not a destination,
spaces are unoccupied, further reducing power consumption. and there is constant scope for improvement.
Water is conserved through recycling mechanisms and water-
efficient fixtures. A roof garden insulates against heat and In the name of Inspired to be Green readers I thank you for
absorbs emissions. sharing your experience and motivation on Green Buildings.
We are very proud that we are constructing Green Buildings We are looking forward to many more prestigious and green
right from the beginning, but not all of our projects are LEED 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.
Taking forward this initiative, CII has embarked on a journey to create a
comprehensive rating system to analyse the performance of companies
News 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.

from 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

IGBC based on the suggestions provided by the Steering committee members. Pilot projects
can be registered with IGBC

of “Green
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 IGBC Green SEZ Rating System is a voluntary and
of Commerce & Industry has prepared the Green SEZ consensus based programme. The rating system has
guidelines. The feedback and suggestions of several been developed based on materials and technologies
stakeholders were sought during interactions held at that are presently available. The objective of IGBC
various major cities - New Delhi, Cochin, Mumbai, Green SEZ is to facilitate the creation of energy
Hyderabad and Noida. efficient, water efficient, healthy, comfortable and
environmentally friendly SEZ.
IGBC has developed green building rating programmes
to cover commercial, residential, factory buildings, etc.; The guidelines detailed under each mandatory
rating programmes would help projects to address all requirement & credit enables the design and construction
aspects related to environment and is an effective tool to of green SEZ of all sizes and types. IGBC Green SEZ
measure the performance of the building/ project. addresses green features under the following categories:

The IGBC Green SEZ Rating System is an extension of

• Site Preservation & Restoration
the Green SEZ guidelines. The rating system encourages
the projects to surpass the requirements of many codes • Site Planning & Design
and standards. The rating programme is a tool which
enables the designer to apply green concepts and criteria, • Water Efficiency
so as to reduce the environmental impacts, which are
• Energy Efficiency
measurable. The programme covers methodologies to
cover diverse climatic zones and changing lifestyles. • Materials & Resources

National Priorities Addressed in the Rating System • Innovation & Design Process
The Green SEZ Rating System addresses the most Different levels of green building certification are
important National priorities which include Site awarded based on the total credits earned. However,
Preservation & Restoration, Reduced Use of Fossil every Green SEZ should meet certain mandatory
Fuels, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency and Handling requirements, which are nonnegotiable.
of Solid Waste.


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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.

T he Emerson Cup is an annual event instituted by Emerson Climate

Technologies to recognize outstanding innovations and energy-
efficient designs in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry.
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
The competition, held for the last seven years in China, completed student Wilson Montereo from De La Salle University, Philippines
its third consecutive year in India and South East Asia this year. and a group of Architecture students from Dr. Bhanuben Nanavati
The gala awards night saw esteemed industry stalwarts announce College of Architecture for Women, India won the Students’ Cup.
the Excellence and Honorary award winners across categories.
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
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Giovanni Zullo, VP Marketing & Cup at Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Slideshare and Youtube.
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 About Emerson:
4. Retrofit Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in
5. Students – Engineering and Architecture bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative
solutions to customers through its network power, process
The Excellence award for the New Buildings category (residential management, industrial automation, climate technologies,
and commercial buildings) was given to Clancy Global for La and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were
Residency, Thane, Mumbai while the Honorary award was bagged $20.9 billion. For more information, visit
by Venkataramanan Associates for KBL – Yamuna, Pune. The About Emerson Climate Technologies: Emerson Climate
Special Applications Excellence award was presented to Sanjay Technologies, a business platform of Emerson, is the world’s
Prakash & Associates for Banjar Tola, Kanha while the Honorary leading provider of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration
award was presented to Mr. Pankaj Dharkar for their URL Biotech solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications.
Research Centre, Ahmedabad. The Retail and Refrigeration The group combines best-in-class technology with proven
category witnessed high number of unique nominations, in engineering, design, distribution, educational and monitoring
which Dr. R Sarvanan from Anna University, Chennai won the services to provide customized, integrated climate-control
Excellence award, followed by ACR Porject Consultants for solutions for customers worldwide. Emerson Climate Technologies’
Colour Film Vaults for National Film Archives, Prasar Bharti - innovative solutions, which include industry-leading brands
All India Radio. In Retrofit category, Excellence award winner such as Copeland Scroll and White-Rodgers, improve human
was The Galen, Singapore project while Mr. Pankaj Dharkar comfort, safeguard food and protect the environment.
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LEED 2009 Buil
For Existing Buildings
Operations &

LEED 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
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 WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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include performance data for the building and site over the performance period. The LEED EB Gold
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

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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B u
Sustainable Site (26 possible points) LEED® 2009 For Existing
• Credit 1 LEED Certified Design and Construction 4 Points Buildings For Existing Buildings
• Credit 2 Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan 1 Point
pe Operations & Maintenance -
• Credit 3 Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landsca
Management Plan 1 Point
Credit Checklist
• Credit 4 Alternative Commuting Transportation 3-15 Points n in
• Credit 5 Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat 1 Point 100 base points; 6 possible Innovatio
ratio ns and 4 Regi onal Prio rity poin ts
• Credit 6 Storm water Quantity Control 1 Point Ope
• Credit 7.1 Heat Island Reduction—Non roof 1 Point • Certified 40–49 points
• Credit 7.2 Heat Island Reduction—Roof 1 Point • Silver 50–59 points
• Credit 8 Light Pollution Reduction 1 Point • Gold 60–79 points
• Platinum 80 points and above
Water Efficiency (14 Possible Points)
• Prerequisite 1 Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and
Fitting Efficiency Required
e Points)
• Credit 1 Water Performance Measurement 1-2 Points Materials and Resources (10 Possibl
• Credit 2 Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and ng Policy Required
Fitting Efficiency 1-5 Points • Prerequisite 1 Sustainable Purchasi
agem ent Policy Required
• Credit 3 Water Efficient Landscaping 1-5 Points • Prerequisite 2 Solid Waste Man
Purc hasi ng— Ong oing Consumables 1 Point
• Credit 4.1 Cooling Tower Water Management — • Credit 1 Sustainable
Electric-Powered Equipment 1 Point
Chemical Management 1 Point • Credit 2.1 Sustainable Purchasing—
ng— Furniture 1 Point
• Credit 4.2 Cooling Tower Water Management — • Credit 2.2 Sustainable Purchasi
hasi ng— Facil ity Alterations and Additions 1 Point
• Credit 3 Sustainable Purc
Non potable Water Source Use 1 Point Reduced Mercury in Lamps 1 Point
• Credit 4 Sustainable Purchasing—
Food 1 Point
• Credit 5 Sustainable Purchasing—
Energy and Atmosphere (35 Possible Points) • Credit 6 Solid Waste Man agem ent— Waste Stream Audit 1 Point
• Prerequisite 1 Energy Efficiency Best Management Ongoing Consumables 1 Point
• Credit 7 Solid Waste Management—
Practices—Planning, Documentation, and Durable Goods 1 Point
• Credit 8 Solid Waste Management— t
Opportunity Assessment Required ent— Facility Alterations and Additions 1 Poin
• Credit 9 Solid Waste Managem
• Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Efficiency
Performance Required sible Points)
• Prerequisite 3 Fundamental Refrigerant Management Indoor Environmental Quality (15 Pos
Quality Performance Required
Required • Prerequisite 1 Minimum Indoor Air
• Credit 1 Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance 1-18 cco Smoke (ETS) Control Required
• Prerequisite 2 Environmental Toba
ning Polic y Requ ired
Points • Prerequisite 3 Green Clea
Best Man agem ent Practices—Indoor Air
• Credit 2.1 Existing Building Commissioning— • Credit 1.1 Indo or Air Qua lity
Investigation and Analysis 2 Points Quality Management Program 1 Poin
Management Practices—Outdoor Air
• Credit 2.2 Existing Building Commissioning— • Credit 1.2 Indoor Air Quality Best
Implementation 2 Points Delivery Monitoring 1 Point
• Credit 2.3 Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Management Practices—Increased
• Credit 1.3 Indoor Air Quality Best
Commissioning 2 Points Ventilation 1 Point
Management Practices—Reduce
• Credit 3.1 Performance Measurement—Building • Credit 1.4 Indoor Air Quality Best
Automation System 1 Point Particulates in Air Distribution 1 Poin
• Credit 3.2 Performance Measurement—System Level it 1.5 Indo or Air Qua lity Best Man agement Practices—Indoor Air
• Cred
rations and Additions 1 Point
Metering 1-2 Points Quality Management for Facility Alte
pant Survey 1 Point
• Credit 4 On-site and Off-site Renewable Energy 1-6 • Credit 2.1 Occupant Comfort—Occu
—Lighting 1 Point
Points • Credit 2.2 Controllability of Systems
• Credit 5 Enhanced Refrigerant Management 1 Point Ther mal Comfort Monitoring 1 Point
• Credit 2.3 Occupant Comfort—
• Credit 6 Emissions Reduction Reporting 1 Point • Credit 2.4 Daylight and Views 1 Poin
Gree n Clea ning —Hi gh Perf ormance Cleaning Program 1 Point
• Credit 3.1
Innovation in Operations (6 Possible Points) ial Effectiveness Assessment 1 Point
• Credit 3.2 Green Cleaning—Custod and
se of Sustainable Cleaning Products
• Credit 1 Innovation in Operations 1-4 Points • Credit 3.3 Green Cleaning—Purcha
• Credit 2 LEED Accredited Professional 1 Point Materials 1 Point
able Cleaning Equipment 1 Point
• Credit 3 Documenting Sustainable Building Cost • Credit 3.4 Green Cleaning—Sustain
Chemical and
Impacts 1 Point • Credit 3.5 Green Cleaning—Indoor
Pollutant Sour ce Cont rol 1 Poin t
Integrated Pest Management 1 Poin
Regional Priority (4 Possible Points) • 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.
Asia’s First Leed Gold Rated Library
The project achieved the prestigious LEED Gold rating given by Indian
Green Building Council under New Construction rating. This is a unique Building Situated in Chennai
achievement for the Tamil Nadu State Government and happens to be the
first library building in the Asian region to get this coveted rating.
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: Energy efficiency:
• The project is provided with onsite sewage treatment • The project uses high efficient air cooled chillers with
plant of capacity 75 KLD to treat the wastewater COP of 3.11.
produced from the building. • Energy saving heat recovery wheels and Demand control
• Only treated waste water is used for Landscape irrigation
ventilation are provided.
and toilet flushing requirements
• High efficient Landscape irrigation systems – Drip and • 75 mm thick over deck roof insulation of extruded
Sprinkler system polystyrene.
• To reduce the potable water consumption, the building • Achieved a very low lighting power density of 0.71 W/
uses only water efficient fixtures and achieved water use Sq.ft against 1.3 W/Sq.ft.
reduction of 64 % compared to a standard building and • Day light controls for perimeter areas are provided.
the flow rates are as follows, • Glazing (DGU) with low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of 0.2.
• Water Closet – 1.6 GPF • High efficient motors, pumps and fans.
• Urinals – 0.4 GPF • Project achieved 17.5 % of energy use reduction
• Wash Basin – 1.7 GPM
compared to a standard building.
• Sink – 1.7 GPM
• Shower head – 1.7 GPM • CFC and HCFC free HVAC and Fire suppression system.
• Health faucet – 0.026 GPM • Energy and water meters are provided at strategic
GPF – Gallons Per Flush, GPM - Gallons Per Minute 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.

Image & Information Source: M Selvarasu, LEED AP & Faculty, M.Vinoth, IGBC AP,
LEAD Consultancy Director, LEAD Consultancy Sr.Engineer, LEAD Consultancy

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9 I 43
Building Insulation with
Introduction –Need for Thermal Insulation Polyurethane Insulation
Energy conservation is an increasingly important issue Rigid polyurethane and polyisocyanurate (polyiso)
today. Not only does the cost of energy continue to insulations are among the most cost-effective, energy-
rise, but scientific studies continue to reveal a direct efficient and versatile construction materials available,
cause and effect between energy consumption and used for wall and roof insulation, air barrier sealants,
larger sustainability issues –such as global warming, and insulated doors and windows, rigid polyurethane
air pollution and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. and polyiso foam products deliver a unique
A recent study by the Georgia Institute of Technology combination of properties that help reduce energy
estimated that more than 50% of energy consumption consumption,maintain uniform temperatures and
is directly or indirectly related to building or building lower noise levels in homes and commercial
construction. properties. The properties of rigid polyurethane and
polyiso foam reduce energy transfer, resist moisture,
Building insulation offers the largest CO2 savings
maintain dimensional stability,remain airtight and
potential of all energy efficiency improvement
often support a structural role. These materials function
measures and achieves energy savings with the
without deforming, distorting in temperature extremes
highest negative CO2 abatement costs and the highest
ranging from -75 to +120 deg C.These products have
net financial gains for society. In 2001, the Indian
some of the highest insulating R-values per inch among
parliament passed the energy conservation act and
commercially available insulation products enabling
established the Bureau of Energy Efficiency,BEE, which
thinner walls and lower profile roofs that maximize
formally launched the Energy Conservation Building
Code (ECBC) that prescribes guidelines for efficient use energy efficiency.
of energy in buildings in May 2007.
Types of Polyurethane Insulation

Rigid Sandwich panels Polyurethane Slabs & Cavity Insulation

Rigid polyurethane foam core is sandwiched between The PU slabs are fixed in the cavity walls and over the
metal sheets. Apart from having very good thermal roof. The thickness of the slabs can be selected as per
resistance the composite panels are light in weight the requirement. These boards are faced with a variety
and longer lengths ensure very fast construction of materials such as paper and aluminum.
speed, these panels can be manufactured in desired
thickness and sizes.

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
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 Min.Wool Glasswool EPS XPS PUR/PIR

R Value per inch

(BT Units)
3-3.5 3-3.5 3.85 5 5.7-7
Dimensional Stability L L F H H

Water Transmission H H H L F

Compressive Strength L L L H H

Fire Resistance H H L F F

Resistance to

Image & Info Source: Indian Polyurethane Association

For detail information visit PU Tech Delhi 9th,to 11th March

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Green Building Resources Guide

o construct Green Buildings is a challenge, and most put together and we are proud to present you the essence
of the times it takes a long time to source materials of PRODUCT SELECTION FOR GREEN BUILDINGS
which contribute towards energy savings, water (attempting a LEED/IGBC and/or GRIHA rating).
savings, a healthy indoor environment and protect the Looking at the LEED New Construction Rating system
environment. If the project is attempting to achieve a To construct a green building is a combination of the
LEED/IGBC or GRIHA certification, it is important to right architect with a capable design team, a suitable site/
select those materials and systems which are contributing project and of course there is a great contribution from
a maximum number of points towards achieving a green building products and systems, to achieve a modern
prestigious Green Building Rating. Green Building.
Over the past 20 month we have studied a variety of LEED High performance products are important and can have
platinum certified and GRIHA certified Green Buildings a great impact on energy savings, but a knowledgeable
and we had hour long discussions with architects and design team is necessary to implement modern materials
builders all over the country. All this experience we have and systems in the right manner.

Design Team

CREDIT Product Manufacturer Required Product or System

Sustainable Sites
Prerequisite Erosion & Sedimentation Control Req
Credit 1 Site Selection 1 1
Development Density & Community
Credit 2 1 1
Credit 3 Brownfield Redevelopment 1 1
Alternative Transportation, Public
Credit 4.1 1 1
Transportation Access
1) Refueling Station for alternative fuel vehicles
(electric, biogas etc) OR 2) Provide 3% of the Building
Alternative Transportation, Alternative Fuel
Credit 4.2 1 1 Electric Bike (BSA) Occupants with alternative fuel vehicles (electric
scooters, electric car, other alternative powered

Credit 4.3 Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity 1 1

Reduced site disturbance, protect or restore

Credit 5.1 1 1
open space
Reduced site disturbance, Development
Credit 5.2 1 1

Pervious pavement (BASF), Install Install vegetated roofs (ELT), open Grid pavers for
Credit 6.1 Stormwater management, quantity control 1 1
vegetated roofs (ELT) hardscape OR pervious pavement, recharge wells

Increase filtration of stormwater through installation

Pervious pavement (BASF), Install
Credit 6.2 Stormwater management, quality control 1 1 of vegetated roofs, open grid pavers or pervious
vegetated roofs (ELT)
pavement for hardscape
Use open grid pavement OR high albedo material
Credit 7.1 Heat islands Effect, nonroof 1 1 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
Credit 7.2 Heat islands Effect, roof 1 1
Green Roof (ELT) use high reflective materials
Credit 8.0 Light pollution reduction 1 1
Water Efficiency
Drip Irrigation (Jain irrigation), STP Use drip irrigation OR treated water for landscaping
Credit 1.1 Water efficient landscaping, reduce by 50% 1 1
(Wapp Systems) purposes
Water efficient landscaping, no potable use or
Credit 1.2 1 1 same as above
no irrigation
Water Efficiency in Air conditioning System: Johnson Controls (Water Efficient Water efficient chillers & use treated water for AC
Credit 2.0 1 1
Reduce by 50% Chillers), STP (Wapp Systems) makeup

Credit 3.0 Innovative wastewater technologies 1 1 STP (Wapp Systems) Install Sewage Treatment Plant OR waterless fixtures

Water efficient toilets and fixtures Water efficient WC (dualflush, low flow), urinal (low
Credit 4.1 Water use reduction, 20% reduction 1 1
(Roca, Hindware) flow), shower and faucets (with sensors and aerators)
Credit 4.2 Water use reduction, 30% reduction 1 1 Same as above
Energy and Atmosphere
Prerequisite 1 Fundamental Building systems commissioning Req

Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Performance Req

CFC free HVAC system (Johnson
Prerequisite 3 CFC reduction in HVAC & R equipment Req Select CFC free HVAC system
Controls, Edgetech)

Wall Material: Everest, Lafarge -

Insulation: BASF, Rockwool India,
Supreme Petrochem - Glass: Saint Building Envelope: Wall Material, Glass, Windows,
Gobain UPVC Windows: Aluplast,
Fenesta - HVAC: Chillers, Controls:
to be(Wall
Insulation GREEN I Volume
& Roof) - HVAC: 9 I
high COP chillers,
efficient Pumps, Heat Recovery Wheels, VFDs -
Credit 1.0 Optimise energy performance 10 10
Johnson Controls - Heat Recovery ELECTRICAL: efficient light & luminaires, occupancy
Prerequisite 2 Minimum Energy Performance Req
CFC free HVAC system (Johnson
Prerequisite 3 CFC reduction in HVAC & R equipment Req Select CFC free HVAC system
Controls, Edgetech)

Wall Material: Everest, Lafarge -

Insulation: BASF, Rockwool India,
Supreme Petrochem - Glass: Saint Building Envelope: Wall Material, Glass, Windows,
Gobain UPVC Windows: Aluplast, Insulation (Wall & Roof) - HVAC: high COP chillers,
Fenesta - HVAC: Chillers, Controls: efficient Pumps, Heat Recovery Wheels, VFDs -
Credit 1.0 Optimise energy performance 10 10
Johnson Controls - Heat Recovery ELECTRICAL: efficient light & luminaires, occupancy
Wheels, VFD: DRI, Edgetech - and daylightsensors, Building Management System
Electrical: Lighting: Bajaj Electricals - (for HVAC and Lighting Loads)
BMS: Johnson Controls - Revolving
Doors: GEZE

Credit 2.0 Renewable Energy: 2.5%, 5%, 7.5% 3 3 Renewable Energy Systems (Team Install photovoltaic panels, windturbine or biogas
Credit 3.0 Additional Commissioning 1 1
Credit 4.0 Ozone depletion 1 1 HCFC free HVAC system (Johnson Select HCFC free HVAC system
Credit 5 Measurement & Verification 1 1
Invest in offsite photovoltaic panels, windturbine or
Credit 6.0 Green Power 1 1 Renewable Energy (Team Sustain)
biogas system
Materials & Resources
Prerequisite 1 Storage and collection of recyclables Req

Credit 1.1 Building reuse, maintain 75% of existing shell 1 1

Credit 1.2 Building reuse, maintain 100% of shell 1 1
Building reuse, maintain 100% shell & 50% non-
Credit 1.3 1 1

Credit 2.1 Construction waste management, Divert 50% 1 1

Credit 2.2 Construction waste management, Divert 75% 1 1

Credit 3.1 Resource Reuse, Specify 5% 1 1

Credit 3.2 Resource Reuse, Specify 10% 1 1
Select materials with recycled content, like wall panels
Credit 4.1 Recycled Content 5% 1 1
using recycled content, glass, steel, aluminium, use
Credit 4.2 Recycled Content 10% 1 1
Local /Regional Materials, 20% manufactured Use materials which are manufactured and extracted
Credit 5.1 1 1
locally within 500 miles (800 km) area

Credit 5.2 Local /Regional Materials, 50% harvested locally 1 1

Select materials harvested within a 10 year lifespan

Credit 6.0 Rapidly renewable building materials, 5% 1 1 Bamboo Products (Surabhi Bamboo)
like Bamboo, Straw, Wool etc
Credit 7.0 Certified wood 1 1 MDF Boards (Tesa Action) Use FSC certified wood/ wood products
Indoor Environmental Quality
Prerequisite 1 Minimum IAQ performance Req
Prerequisite 2 Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control Req
AHU Controls (Johnson Controls,
Credit 1 Outdoor air dilevery monitoring 1 1 CO2 Sensors
Edgetech, DRI)
Treated Fresh Air (DRI, Edgetech), Increase fresh air ventilation, Treated fresh air
Credit 2 Increased ventilation 1 1
Evaporative Cooling (Breezair) systems, evaporative cooling systems
Construction IAQ management plan, during
Credit 3.1 1 1
Construction IAQ management plan, before
Credit 3.2 1 1
Sealants and Adhesives (McCoy
Credit 4.1 Low emitting materials, adhesives & sealants 1 1 Select materials with LOW VOC Content
Credit 4.2 Low emitting materials, Paints 1 1 Paints (Nippon) Select materials with LOW VOC Content
Credit 4.3 Low emitting materials, carpet 1 1 Carpet (Interface Floor, Milliken) Use only CRI certified carpet
Low emitting materials, Composite wood &
Credit 4.4 1 1 MDF, Doors, Flooring (Tesa Action) Use MDF boards free of urea formaldehyde
Agrifiber products
Door Closing Systems (GEZE), Air
Credit 5.0 Indoor chemical & pollutant source control 1 1 Install automatic door systems and air filters
Filters (DRI)
Credit 6.1 Controllability of Systems, lighting 1 1 Lighting Control System (Johnson Install a lighting control system

Temperature Controls (Johnson Provide individual controls for occupants to regulate

Credit 6.2 Controllability of Systems, thermal comfort 1 1
Controls), Openable Windows (GEZE) thermal comfort or provide openable windows

Temperature and Humidity controls Temperatur and Humidity controls to meet ASHRAE
Credit 7.1 Thermal comfort, Design 1 1
(DRI, Edgetech) 55

Credit 7.2 Thermal comfort, Verification - 6 to 18 months 1 1

Vision and daylight glazing to provide natural daylight.

High Performance Glazing (Saint
Credit 8.1 Daylight & Views, daylight 75% of spaces 1 1 Select glass with high VLT (at the same time look for
low SC value)
Credit 8.2 Daylight & Views, Views for 90% of spaces 1 1
Innovation & Design process
Credit 1.1 Innovation in design - Green Housekeeping 1 1 Green Cleaning Products (Diversey) Green Housekeeping

Credit 1.2 Examplary Performance - Water Saving 1 1 Water Efficient Fixtures (Hindware,
Renewable Energy Systems (Team
Credit 1.3 Examplary Performance -Renewable Energy 1 1
Credit 1.4 Examplery Performance - Green Roof 1 1 Green Roof (ELT)
Credit 2 LEED accredited professionals 1 1
5 8 3 10 48
Total Points 69
Certified 26-32, 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 LEED Credits:

The selection of construction materials influences THERMAL
EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 &
PERFORMANCE of the building in a great manner (which
5.2, IAQ 4.4 (Agrifiber)
influences the energy performance) this is reflected through
the U-value. Other important parameters are weight, water Important Points:
resistance, fire resistance, sound insulation and intallation time.
Low U-value, recycled content,
Materials with a high recycled content and local production
local manufactured
should be preferred.

EVEREST INDUSTRIES LTD Lafarge Boral Gypsum India Pvt. Ltd.

Products: Fibre Cement Boards Products: wall and ceiling solutions, gypsum
Advantages of the product: Strength, durability, density, boards, standard and technical metal systems for
with added resistance against moisture, fire and termite. ceilings and partition, an aesthetic range of ceiling tiles, with
Green Aspects of the product: Contributes towards several jointing compounds and complete accessories.
LEED points for your Green buildings, Up to 50% savings Advantages of the product: Fire resistance, Acoustics,
in electricity, Up to 30% savings in water consumption, High Aesthetics, Applications in Wet Areas, Leightweight,
Contribution to thermal and acoustic values, Durable Sustainable, Faster & safer to install with strong tech support.
product for sustainable buildings, Relocatable Material. Green Aspects of the product: LaGyp systems can contribute
Contact: Mr. Amitoberoi several points to the green buildings under the LEED rating
Website: Contact: Mr Purnendu Verma,
Address: A 32 Mohan Coop Ind Estate
Mathura Road, New Delhi 110044. Phone: 011 - 40512369 Address: 33B, Sector 32, Gurgaon. Phone: 0124 478 8888

Insulation LEED Credits:

Insulation of Roof and Walls is vital for an energy efficient EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR
building. It will help to reduce energy consumption, downsize 5.1 & 5.2
equipment, and create a more comfortable indoor environment.
It will also benefit a long lasting waterproofing of the building. Important Points:
The used materials should indicate a low U-value (the lower the Low U-value, local
better), and locally manufactured. manufactured

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.
Supreme Petrochem
Properly used, rockwool acts as a fire resistant barrier, which can provide those vital extra
Products: Insuboard for Roof
minutes for rescuing people.
Green Aspects of the product: Rockwool insulation is one of few products that can save more
Contact: Nilesh Sonawane,
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.
Phone: 09929293439
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 LEED Credits:

Glass in a Green Building has a great impact on the energy performance EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 &
and also offers the possibility to bring Daylight into the room. The glass 5.2, IAQ 8.1 & 8.2
should be double glazed with a low U-value and also indicate a low Solar
Important Points:
Heat Gain Coeficient (SHGC) to reduce the heat gain through the glazed
area. The Visual Light Transmittance (VLT) is reflecting the amount of Low U-value, Low SHGC/ SC
daylight which will penetrate through the glass (the higher, the better). 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 LEED Credits:

Doors should be manufactured from urea EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, MR 6.0
formaldehyde free composite boards or FSC certified
wood (products). Local products should be preferred. 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

Windows LEED Credits:

The selection of the Window frame is as important EA 1.0, MR 4.1 & 4.2, MR 5.1 & 5.2, MR 6.0
as the selection of the Glass. It contributes towards
thermal insulation (Energy Performance) and sound Important Points:
insulation, additional blinds could be integrated to Low U-value, thermal break
allow shading of the glass.
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

Flooring 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
A cleaner,
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 future. surabhi

Products: Plywood, particle board, woven-board, bamboo-timber, hardboard, wall coverings.
Advantages of the product: Competitively priced bamboo products most to effective
fit your requirement from
As JohnsonDiversey, you expected us to deliver the best, bamboo
portfolio of cleaning products. You relied on
our world-class innovation and service to make cleaning
building materials; timber-replacement products to the best of aesthetic and
interior applications,
sanitation more design
efficient. You valued partnering with usand furnishings.
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.

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,
commercial India
cleaning and Phone:
hygiene business. 044-25220947
As Diversey, you
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.

Green Houskeeping We’re Diversey, and we’re leading the world toward
a cleaner, healthier future. LEED Credits:
The usage of green houskeeping products will improve the Indoor Innovation Credit
Environmental Quality. In the LEED/ IGBC rating system there is
no specific credit for Green Housekeeping, but this can be applied Important Points:
for as and Innovation in Design Credit. Toxin Free

DIVERSEY INDIA PVT. LTD. Diversey India Pvt. Ltd

A - 8, Laxmi Towers, Bandra Kurla Complex
Products: Cleaning & Hygiene related chemicals, Machines, Mops & Tools, Tissue papers & tissue
Mumbai 400 051
Tel: 022 66444222


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

Chillers 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
Think Afresh
desired temperature and humidity and increasing productivity.

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 Arctic Spot ECP Modules

Cooling Pads Coolers Coolers for AHUs

Substantial Green Building LEED Points for

• Energy Saving green building council

• Improved IEQ
australia member

• Innovative New Technology


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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

AHU LEED Credits:

AHUs used in a green building should work with a VFD to reduce EA 1.0, IEQ 1,0, IEQ 2.0
energy consumption. Additional the fresh air ventilation should Important Points:
be controlled by CO2 sensors.
VFD, CO2 sensors

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 LEED Credits:

Especially in Summer the exhaust air from the room will be of lower EA 1.0
temperature than the fresh air, this shows a potential to implement
Important Points:
a heat recovery wheel and save energy. Additional Heat Recovery
Wheels can help in dehumidification of the air. 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 LEED Credits:

Lights can be responsible for a big part of the energy consumption of EA 1.0
the building. Efficient lights and luminaires are necessary in a green
building. T5’s or LED’s should be selected. The performance is given Important Points:
in Lumen per Watt (ln/W) which should be greater then 70 ln/W.
Lumen per Watt

Products: Various types of Indoor & Outdoor Lighting fixtures.
Contact Person: Mr K.Naveen / / 022-23765000
Address:15/17, Sant Savta Marg, Reavy Raod, Mumbai - 10 Phone:022-23765000
Lighting Control, daylight sensors, occupancy sensors
Intelligent Lighting control can save a lot of energy. For non-regular LEED Credits:
occupied areas like Toilets occupancy sensors can be used which
EA 1.0
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

Renewable Energy LEED Credits:

Onsite Renewable Energy Systems, like (Building Integrated) EA 2.0, EA 6.0
Photovoltaic, small Windturbines or even a Biogas systems
will lower the energy consumption from the grid and are a Important Points:
clean way to generate electricity. Investing in Offsite renewable Efficiency of System and
energy plants will help to achieve credit EA 6.0 Green Power. 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.
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 LEED Credits:

Fresh air ventilation is vital for a healthy indoor air quality. EA 1.0, IAQ 2.0, IAQ 7.1
Toxins and CO2 will be replaced with oxygen rich fresh air
which also contributes to a higher productivity of occupants. Important Points:
Additional air filters and cooling devices can be part of a treated
Efficiency of System
fresh air unit.


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 LEED Credits:

Controls for HVAC, lighting and other electrical equipment EA 1.0, IAQ 1.0, IAQ 6.1 (Lighting),
help to document energy consumption accurately and identify IAQ 6.2 (Thermal Controls)
problems immediately. A professionally installed control
system can save up to 20% of the buildings energy consumption
Important Points:
and allows to work with a user-friendly interface. Efficiency of System

Johnson Controls, details under Chillers

Adhesives and Sealants LEED Credits:

Adhesives and Sealants used on the interior for many IAQ 4.1
application must not exceed the given VOC values, which Important Points:
could cause breathing problems for occupants.
Low VOC content (refer to the
NC referenc guide)

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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
LEED Credits:
the VOC content has negative effects on human health. IAQ 4.2


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) LEED Credits:

Automatic door systems contribute towards energysavings and pollution EA 1.0, IAQ 5.0,
source control (IAQ 5.0). Openable Windows influence the thermal comfort for IAQ 6.2
occupants (IAQ 6.2) and also allow natural and cross ventilation. Automatic
opening/closing devices can also be combined with rain and wind sensors.

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 LEED Credits:
and contributing to achieve credit WE 1.1 and 1.2. Drip irrigation is
WE 1.1 & 1.2
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:

Sewage Treatment Plant (STP)

Sewage Treatment is an important measure to reduce water LEED Credits:
pollution and generate treated water which can be used for
landscaping and flushing purposes. 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 LEED Credits:

All water fixtures used in the building should contribute WE 4.1 & 4.2
towards efficient water use. Toilets need to be low-flush
Important Points:
and dual flush, Urinals have to be low-flush or no-flush
(waterless). Showers and Faucets must be low flow with Low-Flush & Dual-Flush (Toilets),
aerators and should have automatic sensors. Aerators & Sensors (Faucets)

Products: Water efficient fixtures, Water efficient toilets & urinals.

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 LEED Credits:
site they should be given preference and charging facilities should be available. 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
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 LEED Credits:
Island effect as well as contributing towards energy savings. Additional
SS 6.1, SS 6.2, SS 7.2,
the roof can be converted to a usable garden.
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

LEED Credits:
Solar Reflective Paint
SS 7.2, EA 1.0
Solar Reflective Paints on the roof and exterior Walls are reducing the
heat island effect and also help to reduce energy consumption for air Important Points:
High SRI value

Nippon Paints details under Paints

Neotia Vista
with Everest

verest Industries, one of the most trusted Everest Product Portfolio Employed:
names in construction and building solutions
industry, product portfolio has been extensively Everest products such as Fibre Cement Boards have
used in the recently launched Swissôtel Kolkata, been extensively used in the hotel in various applications
Neotia Vista. Swissôtel Kolkata is a contemporary improving the building’s performance as well as
deluxe hotel located in New Town, Rajarhat one providing energy efficient interiors. Everest Fibre cement
of the fastest growing townships in Kolkata, only boards & solutions being light weight & due to inherent
a few minutes away from the Kolkata Airport. good Fire/ Thermal/ Sound insulation/ High impact
The 147-room business hotel is also the first five- resistance values meet typical building requirements
star address in New Town and the closest to the such as acoustics/ Good fire & thermal insulation/
airport. “We are largely targeting airport-generated Good impact resistance / Hygiene / Structural load
traffic. Swissotel is also the closest — in terms of
saving & Least Seismic impact damage. Elaborating
time — to Sector V, the IT hub of Kolkata,” said
on this stated Mr. Manish Sanghi, Managing Director,
Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman, Ambuja Realty.
“The hotel is being positioned for the MICE (meetings, Everest Industries, “Our products provide solutions for
incentives, conferences and events) market,” he added. both external and internal applications, adapt to design
With a comprehensive array of leisure and business flexibility and adhere to performance parameters such as
facilities, Swissôtel is part of a new urban development acoustics and fire protection. He added, “Our products
with shops, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. have high impact resistance to withstand high traffic
Boasting an under-one-roof concept, this hotel has abuse, which is usually considered in hotel interiors.”
147 contemporary guest rooms and luxury suites some
with spectacular jacuzzis, four restaurants and bars, Everest Fibre cement boards are registered member
a fitness centre, two spa treatment rooms, a rooftop of IGBC and perfect durable green material for energy
swimming pool and over 1261 metres of meeting space. efficient green building solution. The Fibre cement
boards have been used in many applications in the
Kapil Bhalla- Architect of Swissôtel hotel such as for linings, claddings, interiors, as well
as internal partitions and the walls. The Fibre Cement
Mumbai based Mr. Kapil Bhalla, Studio for Environment
Board has also been used for Walls/Internal partitions
& Architecture has designed this hotel. The design of
Swissôtel takes its inspiration from the Sunderbans, one such as dividing the walls between pantry/Banquet,
the most unique ecosystems in the world. Elaborating creating partitions within the banquet to create an aisle
further, Mr. Kapil Bhalla explained, "We came with ideas for services. The Fibre cement boards were also used
for the project by combining tradition and innovation, for internal cladding with post lamination of veneer/
with an appreciation for nature while capturing the ceramic tiles/ stones. The fibre cement boards were
essence of West Bengal's culture and craftsmanship.” also used as a water wall base to water bodies, terrace
The modern architecture of Swissôtel makes it eye- top swimming pool as well as base wall to mount
catching as it offers many unique features such as the hotel logo and the main entrance gate pillars.
“the city’s largest pillar-free conference hall” named
Bern, which covers 7,064 sq. ft. and can be split into The hotel also features Everest’s false ceilings with
separate areas, complete with conferencing technology. seamless finish as well as false ceiling with groove finish.

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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 watt-
hours 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 Project website, picture & information source:
into designs in ways that had never been thought of before.

Habitat 2020 by Philips 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.
Ultimately it explores the integration of electronics and
Project website, picture & information source: biochemical functionalities into the inert material of the built
Singapore City by Foster + Partners
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.

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
Project website, picture & information source:
elevated architecture and grounded green building.

Iwamoto Scott Architects Vision

“San Francisco 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 Picture & information source:
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. francisco-in-2108-the-hydro-net-vision-of-future

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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
irst Tidal Power Plant 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 Wind-Powered Gadget Charger
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.

Wind Powered 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

The Greenbird: The World’s F

astest Wind Powered Land Vehicle
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 Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

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.
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 self-

sustaining 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 kshaya Hom
n & C E O A

1. When and how did you get to know Reducing the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
about Green Buildings? produced by buildings is therefore fundamental to the
effort to slow the pace of global climate change. Buildings
Akshaya has been in the forefront of real estate may be associated with the release of greenhouse gases
development in South India since 1995. Ever since in other ways, for example, construction and demolition
inception we have been consciously looking at ways and debris that degrades in landfills may generate methane,
means to minimize the depletion of environment and and the extraction and manufacturing of building
have tried to use recyclable materials in our construction. materials may also generate greenhouse gas emissions.
In our country the green movement in real estate space We have decided to design our buildings as GREEN
began to gain momentum with the formation of the buildings to reduce the overall impact of the built
IGBC in the year 2001. I have been a member of IGBC environment on human health and the natural
since 2008 and our company is also a life member of environment by efficiently using energy, water, and other
the Indian Green Building Council. resources protecting occupant health and improving
employee productivity, reducing waste, pollution and
2. What was the reason for you to take it environment degradation. In our projects we undertake
up in your own projects? a conscious effort to reduce the carbon footprint.

As a responsible corporate citizen, at Akshaya we believe From the industry perspective going green ensures
that our pursuit of wealth creation cannot be at the cost that waste is minimized at every stage during the
of being insensitive to the environment. We desire that construction and operation of the building, resulting in
we should leave behind a better place for the future low costs. Coupled to this is the environmental benefit of
enhancing and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems
generation to live in.
improve air and water quality reduce waste streams,
Global warming is a phenomenon that is of concern all conserve and restore natural resources.
across the globe and our efforts in how to contain the
global warming and the accompanying climate change, 3. What challenges did you and your
is going to decide what kind of world we want to leave
behind for our future generations.
team have to face while construction a
green building in India?
Our industry, one which constructs buildings is one of
the major contributors to climate change. The energy The prime challenge is to understand that sustainable
used to heat and power our buildings leads to the development can occur only if the planners and
consumption of large amounts of energy, mainly from architects work together from the inception stage itself
burning fossil fuels - oil, natural gas and coal - which as I have realised that if the same is not initiated then
generate significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), to implement the same at the execution stage becomes
the most widespread greenhouse gas. Recent survey difficult to implement technically. The challenges we
shows that buildings in the U.S. contribute 38.1 percent have faced includes a) identifying the right site b) The
of the nation's total carbon dioxide emissions and our availability of Green materials that save on energy c)
country cannot be far behind. Reuse of recyclable water for flushing.
4. A lot of people think that Green Buildings are much
Rubics Square, Chennai
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 Orbit, Chennai
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.
G Square, 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

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 January, Chennai
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.

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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r e e n P r o jects

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

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.
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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.


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 the heat transfer fluid. The contraction exerts a force
our buildings and industrial processes. Like on a corresponding lever that is coupled with the SMA
waste heat from condenser units or as a wire. The force exerted on the lever pushes a stator
result of mechanical processes. Up to now there are magnet of the plurality of stator magnets towards a
no widely commercialized appliances to convert rotor magnet of the plurality of rotor magnets. Like
heat of 80 degree celsius into mechanical/electrical poles of the stator magnet and the rotor magnet repel
energy. The invention of a LOW temperature SMA each other, to cause a kicking action. The kicking
Heat Engine could revolutionize the use of low action causes the rotor to rotate, which further rotates
temperature heat which can even be produced by the output shaft. Rotation of the output shaft causes the
simple solar water heaters. first circular disc and the second circular disc to rotate
simultaneously. This rotation causes the contracted
The heat engine utilized Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) SMA wire to break contact with the heat transfer fluid.
and the principle of magnetic levitation for converting The SMA wire is exposed to air, and expands upon
low-grade thermal energy into mechanical energy. losing the thermal energy. Further, the rotation causes
Further the heat engine can operate over a wide range an adjacent SMA wire to contract the heat transfer
of temperatures by selecting an appropriate SMA. fluid and receive the thermal energy. The adjacent
The technology is patented and could find many SMA wire undergoes the contraction, and causes the
different applications and bring renewable energy rotation of the output shaft. This cycle is repeated till
generation to a different level. Greenroute Enviro the heat transfer fluid continues to provide the thermal
Technologies Pvt. Ltd and the inventor of the SMA energy to the SMA wires.
Heat Engine have received several prestigious For more information and cooperation opportunities
awards and are now looking for business partners to please get in contact with Greenroute Eviro
commercialize this engine. Technology and working Technologies Pvt Ltd, 219 Qutab Plaza, DLF
principle behind the 3 KW prototype engine: The SMA Phase 1, Gurgaon 122002, Phone 0124 4380779,
wire contracts upon receiving the thermal energy from
n t r o d u c e s
Roca i v i n g
m W a t e r - S a
Ultr a - S l i
C i s t e r n s
Concealed a l ed
– C o n c e
cistern 80M

“ oca is deeply committed to excellence in Our latest offering ‘Slendra’ is India’s first Green
production and design of its product, with a concealed cistern with a unique water-saving adjustable
purpose of offering its clients spaces which would flushing feature that ensures optimum performance
provide them with unique experiences. Roca's with minimum water consumption (upto 20% less
status as the leading global brand is reflected in water consumption as compared to ordinary cisterns).
creating a variety of products which are easily The best part is,it is slim, pre wall cistern which
promises to redefine the concept of space management
adaptable to the habits of consumers throughout
and décor in any bathroom. So, why wait? Add this
the world, and offer tailor made solutions for all stylish eco-efficient touch to your bathroom today.
kinds of demands, both for the present and the
future.” About Roca
Your lifestyle is changing, And your bathroom will Roca is the world leader in the definition of bathroom
vouch for this fact. Clumsy fittings are out, ergonomic space and a benchmark reference in the world of
designs are in. Traditional functionality is a passé design. Currently, they are active in more than 135
while cutting-edge technology is a must-have feature markets and have 65 plants spread across 17 countries.
for any product used in this space. In a process of continuous evolution, Roca is deeply
committed to the excellence of the design of its products
At Roca, we understand this change. That’s why we with the objective of offering their clients spaces in
are steadfastly focused towards creating products which all five senses encounter unique experiences.
creating product which are not just smooth performers Roca´s status as world brand leader is reflected in their
created to complement your evolving lifestyle creation of highly versatile products, easily adaptable
needs but also they are as environment conscious in to the habits of consumers all over the world and which
their orientation as you are. offer tailored solutions to all requirements.

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he new trend in India is to craft green buildings dignity and identity. The basic design principles
by focusing on environment friendly options include, ‘the healing environment’, patient focus,
which are LEED rating, ECBC compliance or energy efficiency, life cycle costing a wealth of
Griha rated. Also, the sudden wake of construction previous experience/post occupancy evaluation,
industry is surprisingly good for the country as knowledge of current and future trends, value for
a whole, accompanied by an added advantage to money, community involvement with cultural
reduce global warming. One cannot sideline factors references, natural light and views, clarity of
like environmental protection, global warming, green entrances and circulation (people oriented).
buildings, hybrid cars, energy saving and more.
The extension of Max Super Specialty Hospital to
Max Healthcare, having created a distinction in provide an additional capacity to the overall hospital
healthcare with a clear focus on service and medical development was located on an area of the adjacent
excellencies, also nurtures a vision to incorporate vacant site, thereby allowing for the possibility of
the best practices in its infrastructure. Within a built a further re-development of the existing hospital
up area of approx 0.23 million sq.ft. The “Max Super at some point in the future. Sitting/orientation
Specialty Hospital” in Patparganj received LEED of the main entrance and the primary face aspect
India Gold Rating under IGBC and is the First LEED of the building was dictated with little flexibility,
certified Hospital Building of Northern India and facing South East. Given the large amount of
also the first building in Delhi to be awarded the accommodation required within the service profile
Gold Rating on LEED Certification. and the small ground cover allowable, a multi-
This 258 bed facility with best patient cares services level solution was inevitable. Three basements
in sync with the technology merges sustainable were created with to accommodated the Oncology
features with the complex services of a Tertiary Care Department, Service Area and car parking. Ground
Super Specialty Hospital Building. Its designed to levels were carefully modeled to allow entrance to
enhance the maintenance of health, rather than the the emergency and trauma unit at the rear of the
management of disease, reduce stress by creating building, whilst the main entrance was located at
a more relaxed environment and support peoples the main ground level above.

A prudent and cultured organization advocates the importance of environment

conservation with utmost precision,

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 air-
conditioning 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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F urther, the delicate lighting design also respects
the outdoor environment as the light fixture
which are installed outside are all inward focused
ultimately give the green environment a respectable
ratio to built-up mass.
The project has given significant importance to air-
fixtures and there is a minimum light pollution level
conditioning, heat reduction, passive measures
around the surroundings of the hospital (no sky
such as double glazed glass windows, reflected
glow at night).
roof top tiles etc, that were installed to reduce
The hospital focuses on the fresh and waste water maximum heat impact on the building. The building
issues by complementing sustainable features. The follows ASHRAE (American Society of Heating,
supply fixtures used inside the building are low Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers)
flow fixtures. The LEED submitted report shows a which is the bench mark standard for HVAC and is
40 percent reduced water usage as compared to any known for their accuracy in calculating permutations
other conventional building. The water once used and combinations for savings (LEED recognizes and
after treatement is reused for entire landscaping follow these standards). The hospital uses R134a,
and flushing purpose, which saves the direct use of which is worldwide considered as safe refrigerant.
water. The entire landscaping has been done taking Post completion, stringent indoor air quality checks
into account that water for the landscaping is 100 were carried out on-site to ensure best quality of air
percent reused water. Further, the project has used is reached to end users. To maintain good air quality
plant species which require less water throughout standards, the hospital has also used low VOC
the year. It has also used the green pavers which compounds for all finishing materials such as paints,
increases the green cover all around the building to adhesives, etc.
The introduction of daylight and outside views as for user comfort rather than the costly innovation or
strategic points within the building plan enhance the high maintenance controls.
quality of the internal environment. Productivity of
Keeping all LEED certification measures as top
building users increases within a properly ventilated;
priority, Max Healthcare has declared its commitment
day lit and well designed environment so patient
towards the environment protection campaign.
and staff comfort for environmental design issues.
The Max Super Specialty Hospital Palparganj will
The building is designed to use less energy, with a
now encourage and accelerate the global adoption
more economical running and maintenance cost in
of concept of Green Building and has become a
long term. The design of the project focus on careful
paradigm not only for the upcoming hospitals, but
attention to sitting, Orientation, design and planning
also for the green building aspirants of the nation.

Max Super Speciality Hospital’ in Patparganj, New Delhi.

Owner Max Healthcare Institute Ltd.
Chief of projects Mr Pritipal Singh
International Architect Ar Richard Wood (Wood Associates)
Lead Architect Ar Apurva Srivastava (Max Healthcare)

Project Architect (Green Ar Mayank Kaushal (Max Healthcare)

Building Coordinator)
Project Manager Mr Vijay Kumar Tyagi
Plumbing Consultants V.S. Kukreja Associates Pvt. Ltd.
Electrical Consultants Kanwar Krishen Associates Pvt Ltd
HVAC Consultants Enviorocon Engineering Services
Area 2,23,593 st ft
LEED Facilitator 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.

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
especially in the
area of public and
commercial buildings. As part of the global Bayer Climate EcoCommercial Building at Greater Noida comprises of office
Program, Bayer MaterialScience launched its EcoCommercial areas on Ground and First Floor with 7151 sq. ft conditioned
Building (ECB) program which seeks to provide building area. A zoning plan was developed for each floor & entered
decision makers with a collaborative network of product and into the simulation model. Each zone was assigned a set of
service providers, focused on the construction of sustainable, properties including lighting power density, equipment power
net-zero energy commercial buildings through integrated density, occupancy rate, outside air requirement, material
design and innovative product solutions. The EcoCommercial conductivity and fenestration area, etc. A wide range of
Building program has a proven track record with three individual energy conservation measures such as envelope
innovative buildings that have been constructed in different insulation (floor, wall and roof insulation), type of windows,
climates, with different energy resources and under different lighting controls & systems, central chiller plant were added
site conditions. The first EcoCommercial Building, the Bayer to the base case to optimize the performance of the proposed
administration building in Diegem (Belgium), which has building. All energy that would be used by building, including
already been operational, was awarded the “Belgian Prize consumption for air conditioning, sewage & water treatment, on
of Architecture and Energy”, in October 2009. The second, an annual basis would be generated from on-site photovoltaic
children’s day care centre in Monnheim (Germany) achieves cells which will significantly reduce the environmental impact
an emissions-neutral energy balance over the course of the
by not contributing to any green house gas emission, climatic
year and received the prestigious award for “Energy-Optimized
change or air pollution. Insulation is integral to this development.
Building 2009” by German Ministry of Economics as part of the
By radically reducing heat loss, energy consumption can be
“Berliner Energie Tage” event.
minimized and internal conditions can be controlled and
Recently, Bayer MaterialScience inaugurated the annual net- maintained. Throughout the building, the floor, walls and roof
zero energy & zero-emission EcoCommercial building at Greater are insulated with Polyurethane/Polyisocyanurate foam (PUR/
Noida, near New Delhi, India. The building draws 100 percent PIR) insulation boards and panels produced out of Baymer®
of its electricity, annually, from a photovoltaic plant and needs from Bayer MaterialScience, which provide very high thermal
50 percent less power than comparable buildings in the region. insulation properties. During its lifetime, PUR/PIR foam
The project demonstrates various innovative, sustainable insulation can save approx 70 times more carbon dioxide than
building solutions that are particularly suited to the local it generates during production.
conditions. Most of the solutions are already available in the
marketplace, but are perhaps not combined in the right way or The EcoCommercial Building program of Bayer MaterialScience
well known. This project is contending for Leadership in Energy is part of the Bayer sustainability program. It offers decision-
& Environmental Design (LEED®) NC Platinum rating and Green makers in the construction industry a unique portfolio of
Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification. services and material solutions for energy-efficient and cost-
The EcoCommercial Building in India is built in conjunction with effective building. Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial
local companies, shows that the concept is also applicable in Building at Greater Noida, is its first emissions-neutral office
sub-tropical climates. building in Asia.