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India’s First Heritage Building to Receive LEED v4.1 O+M Platinum Certification

News Desk, News Nation 360 : GBCI India, the nation’s foremost authority on sustainability in building design, construction and operation, announced that it has awarded the iconic heritage building, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) House, with the prestigious LEED v4.1 Operations + Maintenance (O+M) Platinum rating. GBCI is the world’s leading sustainability and health certification and credentialing body and, among other offerings, is responsible for administering the LEED green building program. LEED v4.1 is the latest version of the LEED rating system. With this honour, CESC House, Kolkata has become the first heritage building in India to achieve LEED v4.1 Platinum, the highest level of certification. BL Chandak, Executive Director, RP Sanjiv Goenka Group, said that at CESC, they are committed to making continuous improvement in the management of their environmental impact through technological innovations and community interventions. The LEED v4.1 O+M Platinum rating awarded to us for CESC House by GBCI is a testament to their dedication of reducing their carbon footprint. They would like to thank GBCI India for guiding us through the entire process of adopting LEED v4.1. They remain steadfast towards enabling a safe and sustainable environment for their stakeholders and employees. The Headquarters of CESC Limited, part of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG), CESC House was built in 1933. RPGS retrofitted the 80-year-old historic space, replacing a full HVAC system, installing low-flow water management and building automation systems, adding an organic waste composter to reduce waste-to-landfill and installing 1,200 energy-efficient lights and 52 occupancy sensors, among other efficiencies, conservation and waste reduction strategies. Thanks to the practical and measurable strategies and solutions that RPGS utilized to achieve high performance in sustainable water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and waste management, CESC House was able to achieve LEED Platinum and along with water and energy savings they have also reported an annual reduction of 966 tons of CO2. Additionally, the convenient location of CESC House has enabled more than 90% of its employees to walk or cycle to work, helping cut the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Report : Anustup Kundu