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Netmagic Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a managed IT hosting service provider contributed to the dream of a Greener India by earning a LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors (CI) for its Chennai data centre from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This is India’s first data centre to have received this coveted rating.
Netmagic’s Chennai data centre has embraced several green features to make the premise truly energy-efficient. The additional cost of incorporating these much-needed features was less than 10%.
This consists of a long list that includes site ecology, water conservation, smart energy meters and equipment, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, recycled content, effective waste management, eco-friendly interiors and so on.
- Site ecology has been maintained by reusing the evacuated top soil for landscaping.
- There is a rain water harvesting system that collects rain water for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing; and a 50% reduction in potable water consumption has been achieved by using water efficient fittings and water meters.
- Dependence on fossil fuels has been reduced by providing carpool facilities, bicycles and alternate fuel options through provision of electric vehicle charging points.
- The lighting system has a lighting power density of 0.69 W/Sqft as against 1 W/Sqft for office space.
- The roof has been treated with high reflective paint to minimize heat ingress and has brought about a 3-4 Degree Centigrade reduction in temperature in the indoor spaces.
- The furniture, seating, carpet, glass, composite wood, aluminium, false ceiling, etc is made of recyclable material.
- All paints, adhesives, furniture, carpets and housekeeping chemicals are eco-friendly and free of harmful components.
- Waste bins for different categories of waste have been provided.
- It is a ‘No Smoking’ premise with several operable windows to facilitate cross ventilation.
- Occupants have been provided with task lighting and lighting control to ensure better comfort and high productivity.
- Energy meters have been installed to measure and monitor energy consumption of the building. An overall 20% higher energy efficiency has been achieved through these innovative energy efficiency measures integrated right at the design stage.
The MIPIM Asia Awards are given to real estate projects in the Asia-Pacific region that stand out for innovation in design and excellence in energy performance, among other criteria. There are eight categories of awards that are given away, and the 2010 awards were given away at Hong Kong, on November 10th.
Honours for Parkview Green
Parkview Green was one of three awardees under the Green Building Category. This is the first time a Chinese project has won this Green Building honour. This exemplifies China’s active participation in building a green future. Parkview Green also has the pre-certified LEED® Platinum for core and shell from the USGBC. On completion, it is all set China’s first LEED® Platinum certified urban mixed-use development.
Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a building that houses world-class shopping centres, Grade-A office complexes and a boutique hotel. Located in Beijing, China, it was designed by Integrated Design Associates (IDA) and given life by developers Beijing Chyau Fwu Properties Ltd.
Parkview Green assumes a unique pyramidal structure with both aesthetic and functional appeal. The building comprises four towers – two 9-storey & two 18-storey towers. Four of these towers are meant primarily for Grade-A office space. There is 82000sq m of office space in total for multiple tenants, connected by air bridges. There is also a commercial business space, a 100 room boutique hotel and 50,000m2 of luxury retail.
All four towers are enclosed by a transparent environmental shield. This shield is made of steel, glass walls and an ETFE membrane system roof, and is controlled by an automated Building Management System. The double-glass skin creates an air chamber that stores the thermal energy and reduces energy footprint. It also forms a natural ventilation system that circulates fresh air between the ceilings and floors, allowing the building to “breathe” easily and naturally.
The climate inside the shield is relatively uniform. The shield increases thermal insulation, thus reducing energy consumption. It limits the need for air conditioning in summer and reduces heat loss during winter.
Ventilation louvers are installed at the top of the envelope. These act as chimneys, allowing the warmest air to escape and creating an upward flow of air. As the air escapes, cooler air is drawn up from the bottom of the building, allowing for air movement and natural ventilation.
With its sustainable architectural design, Parkview Green FangCaoDi saves up to 44% in energy consumption and 48% in water consumption. Parkview Green can also recycle 81% of its construction waste material. Moreover, 25% of its total building construction material is made up of recycled content.
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Parkview sports a 236-metre pedestrian bridge that spans the complex, offering a bird’s-eye view of shops and the public plaza. A series of lifts and 18 six-meter-long escalators have been installed. The premium shopping centre offers luxury merchandise on four levels. Boutique Cinema, a mini-spa and a gym on a terraced garden sky lounge on the 18th floor are some other perks the building offers. Fashion shows, car launches, art exhibitions and other attention-grabbing events will be hosted here.
South India is now home to an iconic “zero energy and solar powered home”, a masterpiece in Green architecture that is set to start a welcome trend in controlled energy consumption in residences.
This zero energy space project was exhibited at the Indian Green Building Congress (IGBC) 2010, held at Chennai from 6th to 9th October last year. The IGBC is Asia’s largest Green building conference. The project was also showcased at the Economic Times’ ACEtech – Mumbai as well as Delhi chapters. These are Asia’s largest construction related expos.
About 60% of this home’s energy requirements are met by the conventional sources, while solar power supplies the remaining 40%. Nevertheless, there is no compromise on performance and comfort.
The chief sponsors of this Green initiative are Aluplast Windows, Breezair, Everest Industries, Nippon Paints, Supreme Pertochem and Roca.
EVEREST FIBRE CEMENT BOARDS
The drywall construction with fibre cement boards from Everest creates a strong, light weight, water resistant and energy efficient building envelope which supports a variety of finishes. 55% of the raw materials used to prepare these boards are recycled.
BREEZAIR FRESH AIR
Air conditioning is known to be the largest consumer of energy in a building. The Breezair system works through an evaporative cooling cycle and consumes 1/10th of the energy of a conventional air conditioning device, apart from providing 100% fresh air ventilation.
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SUPREME INSUBOARD & BEARDSELL
Insulation of the walls and the roof is a vital element of the building envelope, meant to prevent the transfer of heat in both directions. This product reduces heat ingress through the walls/roof and hence cuts down on energy consumption for air conditioning. INSBOARD offers one the highest insulation values for XPS insulation.
High performance double glazed units and energy-saving UPVC frames are used to reduce energy consumption as well as sound transmission. This is a German product, which saves energy by reducing infiltration and the frames are provided with thermal breaks to prevent heat ingress.
Water efficient fixtures for toilets and taps reduce the fresh water consumption in the building and also help score points for the LEED rating system.
Bamboo improves the sustainability of the building as it grows rapidly and can be harvested in much shorter period compared to hardwoods. With the help of the modern production techniques bamboo is transformed into an excellent materials for flooring, furniture and other interior design works.
Low-Voc Paints are used on the interiors to create healthy indoor environment and keep away toxins which could be lead to respiratory problems. Solar Reflective paints are used on the exteriors, which facilitate reflection of sunlight and reduction in solar heat gain.