Infosys Chandigarh campus gets LEED Platinum Certification
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The Infosys Chandigarh campus has been awarded the LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Existing Building Operation & Maintenance) Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Infosys now has 18.25 million square feet of highest rated green buildings – out of which 16.9 million square feet are LEED Platinum rated and 1.35 million square feet are GRIHA 5-star rated buildings.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a globally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Infosys has the largest building area as LEED Platinum certified in the IT office space category. To make the campuses sustainable and resource efficient, Infosys followed a two-pronged strategy since 2008 – to design new buildings to highest efficiency standards and implement deep retrofits in old buildings to make them efficient.
For all existing buildings, efficiency improvements were achieved through large-scale retrofit projects, which included office buildings, food courts, training centre, guest houses, and sports complex in the development centre in Chandigarh. Major interventions included complete re-engineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system (BMS) retrofit, UPS retrofit, lighting retrofit, etc. These initiatives have helped Infosys lower operating costs, enhance equipment life, create healthier indoor air quality, and improve occupant comfort and satisfaction.
Some of the key features that contributed to this accreditation are:
Water efficiency: Currently, water savings in the campus is to the tune of 36% compared to LEED baseline water consumption owing to demand-side conservation measures such as low flow fixtures, aerators and use of recycled water from STP (sewage treatment plant). In addition to this, the campus has smart water metering installed that are connected to BMS and provides data related to water consumption in real time. With all these initiatives the campus managed to reduce per capita water consumption by 6% in FY2018, compared to FY2017.