Kalam to open world's 'greenest' building
Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | July 13,
2004 17:40 IST
Last Updated: July 13, 2004 18:59 IST
President Dr A P
J Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business
Centre in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
N Godrej, Chairman, CII-Godrej GBC, told newsmen on Tuesday that the
GBC -- jointly promoted by the Confederation of Indian Industry,
Pirojsha Godrej Foundation, the Andhra Pradesh government and the
USAID -- is the only building in the world to be awarded the 'platinum
rating' under the LEED rating system of the US Green Building Council,
making it 'the greenest building in the world.'
The most environment-friendly building for use of water and energy
efficient technologies and recycled material has been built as a
unique public private partnership as a demonstration building for the
industry in India and other countries of the world.
Godrej said that Leadership in Energy & Environment Design has
given the platinum rating to two other buildings in the US (Version
1.0). "Our building has been awarded Platinum under the current and
latest rating system of Version 2.0," he explained.
The GBC, which has come up on an area of five acres near HITEC City
in Hyderabad, was launched as a concept during the then US President
Bill Clinton's visit to the city in March 2000.
Apart from using the GBC as a demonstration building, the CII
intends to do the research and development work at this facility.
"What we intend to do is to promote the Indian Industry as one of the
foremost competitive industries as far as green buildings and
environmental matters are concerned," Godrej added.
Listing out the unique features of the building which won the
highest rating in the world, Godrej said that the 80 per cent of the
material used in the construction of the building was recycled. It
included fly ash, a waste material coming out of cement and other
industries. The building discharges zero water as all of its used
water is recycled. It has a huge capacity for the collection of rain
"The building has used many innovative ideas including a waterless
urinal in which the chemicals are used to store and recycle urine
without any odour. The site of the building was not at all disturbed
for the construction of the building, as per the LEEDs norms," he
The building is also highly energy efficient and uses 55 per cent
less energy than a conventional building. It has been constructed in
such a way that the intake of natural lighting is high and there is no
need for external lighting.
There are two air conditioning towers in which the incoming air is
cooled 7 t 8 degree by spraying of water. The pre-cooled water is fed
into the air conditioning system further lowering the energy costs.
The 60 per cent of the roof of the building is covered by the roof
garden as a good insulating property and to cut down the load on the
The balance portion of the roof is covered by solar photo voltaic
with 24 KW capacity. The 100 to 120 units of power generated per day
is fed into the grid meeting 20 per cent of the total energy cost of
The USAID provided lot of technical and strategic inputs and put
the CII in touch with the US Green Business Council.
Stating that the GBC would emerge as a model for the entire Indian
industry, including the construction and manufacturing industry,
Godrej said: "Our vision is to not just to put up this demonstration
building but also be the world leaders. We have already made contacts
outside India. We intend to take this movement throughout ASEAN region
and Gulf region and many other places because it is very important
that we are seen as a leader in this area. Making India a world leader
in Green Business by 2015 is the vision of the GBC."
The GBC has already made a presentation before Singapore Prime
Minister Goh Chok Tong during his recent visit to New Delhi. "We are
going to work with Singapore government in promoting green buildings,"
Focus areas of GBC include green buildings, water management,
energy efficiency, renewable energy and environment recycling. The GBC
has set the target of building ten green buildings by 2006 and
creating five world-class energy efficient companies by 2005.
The CII is already constructing a green building for the Indian
Machine Tool Manufacturing Association, Bangalore, which will be a
'golden rating' building.