India: Kolkata Prouds of Premium Environment-friendly Residential Apartments

KOLKATA: The city finally has a couple of environment-friendly residential apartments to feel proud of. The premium projects – Astitva by Primarc and MCK groups and Platinum by Godrej Properties – join the elite league of over 250 such projects countrywide, including a slew of projects in the National Capital Region, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Both Astitva located in north Kolkata’s Kankurgachi and Platinum in posh Alipore have received gold certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the second highest rating after platinum. In Salt Lake Sector V, IT facility Technopolis by Forum Projects was the first commercial green building in Kolkata. It was followed by several others but developers of residential projects have been reluctant to vie for the tag because not only does it entail additional expenditure, compliance with the norms is difficult.

Announcing the IGBC Green Homes gold pre-certification, Primarc group director Sidharth Pansari said the project would set a new benchmark by introducing responsible luxury living. While that may appear to be an oxymoron, Pansari felt living in a building that meets high energy and water efficiency standards would make the residents conservation-conscious.

Source: The Times of India

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