Coimbatore: The 18,732 sq.ft building of SIERRA ODC’s eFacility at Annamalai Industrial Estate at Kalapatti in the city is in the global map of green buildings.
About 20 % of the civil materials used are recycled content, over 80 % of the construction waste has been either reused or recycled, and 78.3 % of the materials used are local products. These and many such features have got the building a score of 103 out of 110 (Platinum rating) from Green Business Certification Inc, which is the certifying body for all LEED projects worldwide. Globally 90,000 projects have LEED certification and SIERRA ODC here is the second highest ranking green building under LEED NC v2009, Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of the US Green Building Council and GBCI, told The Hindu on Thursday.
Mr. Ramanujam added that GBCI has launched LEED Community and LEED City programmes in the country. With Smart Cities projects, the LEED City programme will look at certifying cities. “Surat is going to register soon,” he said. It would be possible to bring in certification in one year. About 2,500 projects with totally 1.17 billion sq.ft have applied for LEED certification in the country and 650 have got it, he said.
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