India: Seven Buildings at Infosys Got the Prestigious Platinum LEED Ratings

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MANGALORE: Infosys has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India ‘Platinum’ rating by the Indian Green Building Council for its Software Development Block (SDB) 3 in Mangalore and SDB 6 in Mysore. With this, Infosys now has a total of seven buildings that have got the prestigious Platinum rating, the highest ranking given by LEED for sustainable building design.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a globally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Platinum-certified buildings at Infosys now cover more than 1.5 million square feet of space.

Both buildings are located in the Special Economic Zone of the Infosys campuses in these cities. Infosys constructed these buildings with a holistic approach to sustainability, concentrating on areas such as water efficiency and harvesting, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Key features of SDB 3 Mangalore include: Water efficiency- Waste of storm water through run-off has been reduced by 67% in the building due to a dedicated rain water harvesting pool; Energy efficiency – 76% of regularly occupied spaces in the building have a minimum daylight factor of two per cent, reducing dependency on artificial lighting. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC & R) systems installed in this building are free from Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) – based refrigerants.

Also the fresh air provided in this building is 30% greater than global American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards and over 98% of the construction waste from the building was effectively diverted from landfills thereby reducing environmental pollution and wastage of resources.

Ramadas Kamath, Senior Vice President, Infosys says: At Infosys, we have always been conscious of our responsibility to drive efforts that reduce our consumption of resources. We have implemented various sustainability initiatives aimed at achieving carbon and water neutrality across our campuses. This award is an acknowledgement of our focus and commitment towards sustainable business practices. We hope our efforts will inspire the larger ecosystem to adopt similar measures.”

Source: The Times of India

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