December 17, 2008

Tata Housing’s Xylem awarded Bangalore’s first LEED Gold certification

Receives recognition from US Green Building Council

Tata Housing, one of the leading real estate companies in the country, today received the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Xylem, the company’s IT Park in Bangalore.
Xylem is the first of its kind and the only green building in Bangalore to receive the LEED Gold Rating. LEED rating, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is a leading-edge system for certifying the greenest performing buildings in the world and a nationally accepted benchmark for building sustainability. The rating system is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. On certification by LEED, buildings receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver or a simple certified rating. Xylem, has earned a LEED – Gold certification.
Brotin Banerjee, managing director, Tata Housing Development Company, on receiving the plaque said, "The LEED Gold Certification accentuates the commitment of Tata Housing as an environment conscious company providing its customers with a healthy environment and lifestyle. All our projects across the country are green buildings as certified by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The certification for this innovative green campus marks a milestone in our ongoing efforts to become a model of energy and resource efficiency.”
To develop Xylem as a LEED Gold-certified site, Tata Housing met high standards for site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
The carefully crafted 240,490 sq ft facility at Whitefield road in Bangalore has been designed to tackle the “sick building syndrome”, with its major focus on occupants’ health, ergonomic design and architecture. Xylem, as a green building, reduces the operational costs by almost 19 per cent than compared to a conventional building. It minimises the electric loads in air-conditioning and common area power and also conserves water supply, thereby reducing maintenance costs for occupants.
A worldwide study done by LEED suggests that Green buildings are able to increase the productivity of the employees and also help employers retain more talent because of better office environment.

The advanced standards at Xylem optimise comfort and utility thereby making it one of the most environmentally friendly buildings of its size in the entire country. The building has a supply of 22 CFM of fresh air as against 15 CFM for added ventilation. The optimum in-house climate conditions and lighting conditions in the building are maintained to boost productivity.
About US Green Building Council
The US Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organisation whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organisations. Since its founding in 1993, the council has grown to more than 13,000 member companies and organisations, a comprehensive family of LEED. For more information, visit
About Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Green Building Rating System is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental categories of review include: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design.

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