India : Bombay House, the first green rated heritage building

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Bombay House, the Tata group’s headquarters, has been awarded a platinum rating under the category EB (Existing Building) by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) – making it the first heritage building in India with green certification. Water and energy efficiency, health & comfort, site and facility management, as well as innovation are among the building’s strategies for implementing sustainable practices.

Through the introduction of the Green Existing Buildings ratings system, IGBC aims to encourage sustainability practices, priorities green concepts and techniques for water and energy efficiency, reduction in use of fossil fuels and the conservation of natural resources.

The 93 year old building had previously been retrofitted in 2010 using waterless urinals and smart metering, the installation of solar photo-voltaics, a segregated waste management policy and a green policy to promote the conservation of resources to reduce energy usage by 35 per cent.

To further increase energy and water efficiency, the Tata group building has implemented a measurement and verification system in association with The Associated Building Company Limited (ABCL) focusing on the area of building retro commissioning and facilitation.

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