Flagship of the Hinduja Group and one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, Ashok Leyland has become the first company that has received v4.1 Buildings Operations & Maintenance certification at the Platinum level. The company got this award for its corporate office building in Chennai. Worldwide it is a 4th project to achieve Platinum level certification under LEED v4.1 for Building Operations & Maintenance. Located in the heart of the city, Ashok Leyland’s corporate office is accessible through bus, metro and rail networks.
Mr. N.V Balachandar, President – HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland said, “We were awarded LEED Gold certification in 2009 and by striving for continuous improvement we have now been able to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification at our corporate office. We are the only corporate office in India to have received this certification. Sustainability is an integral part of all of our objectives, and we are deeply committed to creating cleaner and safer work environments. We have been associated with LEED for a decade and have observed great improvement in our energy and water savings, waste management, carbon footprint and the health of our employees through the use of LEED. We look forward to a long-lasting association with LEED to help us achieve our sustainability goals.”
LEED v4.1 is the newest version of the LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With this honor, Ashok Leyland becomes the first office in India and fourth in the world to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification.
The office project has got 91 points in totality, and keeps on maintaining, monitoring and analyzing their performance by using the Arc platform. The project also features a rainwater harvesting tank that collects around 100% of rainwater overflow and low flow water fixtures to lessen water consumption. All the waste that is generated at the building is divided on-site, pre-processed and recycled or sidetracked from landfills. The site has sufficient outdoor air intake as per the norms of ASHRAE with low levels of TVOC and CO2, ensuring occupants’ good health and well being.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director - APAC and Middle East, Green Business Certificate Institute (GBCI), said “The LEED v4.1 rating system was introduced last year, and is the most comprehensive, collaborative, accessible and effective LEED system to date. Ashok Leyland’s certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. As the first project in India to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification, the firm’s Chennai office serves as an international model for sustainability excellence. Existing buildings have a great potential to improve their efficiency and performance through LEED. Ashok Leyland has set a benchmark in the industry by creating a sustainable workspace in the automobile sector.”
USGBC believes in continuous improvement, and updates to the LEED rating system are made through a continuous improvement process. With each new version of the rating system, USGBC is committed to challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable. Every building is unique, and LEED 4.1 offers flexible ways for projects to demonstrate compliance and leadership. It is the most inclusive and transparent LEED rating system to date. It places special emphasis on human health and integrates performance metrics powered by Arc to encourage ongoing tracking.
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