India: ITC Grand Chola first hotel to receive a five-star GRIHA

Reaffirming its commitment to the ethos of ‘Responsible Luxury,’ ITC Hotels secured a five-star Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), the highest national rating for green buildings, for ITC Grand Chola, the 600-key luxury hotel in Chennai. The hotel is the first in India to secure the five-star rating from the Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH) through GRIHA. This recognition was presented by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, to Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd, at the annual national conference on Green Design at Vigyan Bhavan, yesterday.

Speaking on the recognition, Anand, said, “This rating underscores ITC Grand Chola’s accreditation as the World’s Largest LEED® Platinum Green Building and ITC Hotels’ commitment to continue providing inspiration to the Green Building movement in India.”

GRIHA, a green building design evaluation system, is the national rating system of India conceived by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.

ITC Grand Chola was rated on 34 criteria, categorised under various sections including site selection and site planning, conservation and efficient utilisation of resources, building operation and maintenance and innovation points. Each criterion has a number of points assigned to it and a building is required to score a minimum of 50 points for certification. GRIHA awards different levels of certification (one to five stars) based on the score. ITC Grand Chola garnered 91 points to become the first hotel in the country to secure a five-star rating.

In addition to the wide spectrum of environment-friendly measures that ITC Hotels implement, the ITC group’s carbon positive, water positive and solid waste recycling positive status ensures that a guest’s stay at any of its luxury hotels contributes to a lower carbon footprint.

Source: Hospitality Biz India

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