India: green pat for International Tech Park Chennai

International Tech Park Chennai (ITPC), a joint venture with TIDCO and the flagship development of Ascendas, a business space provider, has been awarded the LEED Gold certification for Phase II, the Crest building.

The certification is awarded in the category Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M), version 2009 standard. It is also the first multi-tenanted building in India to be certified LEED Gold under the new version LEED EB O&M v 2009 standard.

Built in 2007, the Basement+13 floor building is the second of the three buildings at International Tech Park, Chennai, and offers 730,000 sq ft of Grade A office space. The building has since made several modifications and retrofits to conserve energy and water and also reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

ITPC’s first phase, the Pinnacle building also earned the distinction of being the first multi-tenanted building in India to be awarded the LEED Silver certification in September 2011, by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), in the category Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M), version 2009 standard.

Thomas Teo, CEO Ascendas India Operations, said in a press release, “Emphasis in maintaining the efficiency and performance of facilities helped achieve the LEED Gold certification for the Crest building at International Tech Park Chennai.

The second LEED certification is an important milestone towards achieving our environmental goals for our facility in Chennai.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification programme designed by the US Green Building Council.

It is a programme for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED uses a points system for evaluating an existing building’s environmental performance in the following categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in operations.

Ascendas received the LEED Gold status, in recognition of its achievements in the areas of sustainability and green development and operations.

 

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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