Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) India Platinum rating by the Indian Green Building Council for its Software Development Blocks (SDB) 2 and 3 in Hyderabad, India. With this, Infosys now has a total of ten buildings, covering 2.7 million square feet of space, garnering the prestigious Platinum rating, up from 2.1 million square feet in year 2013.
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 office space category and also has the second highest number of LEED Platinum awards for a corporate.
Both SDB 2 and 3 are located at the Infosys Pocharam campus in Hyderabad. Infosys constructed these buildings with a holistic approach to sustainability, concentrating on areas such as water efficiency and harvesting, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
Key features of SDB 2 and 3
• Water efficiency: Efficient plumbing fixtures and the use of recycled waste water has resulted in 51.53 percent less water consumption than LEED baseline requirements.
• Energy efficiency: An efficient building envelope, energy-efficient lighting and Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system help this building exceed the global American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards by 48.3 percent.
• Green power: A 400KW solar plant installed in the Pocharam campus generates 7 lakh units per annum; thereby reducing reliance on the grid.
• Efficient day lighting: The buildings have been designed with highly efficient day lighting systems, removing the need for artificial lighting during the day. This has been done with the help of light shelves, narrow floor planes, and reduced window-to-wall ratio.
• Biodiversity: More than 6,000 native trees were planted last year to improve the biodiversity of the campus.
Ramadas Kamath, Senior Vice President, Infosys:
“While development is important to a sustainable future, it is imperative that we actively endeavor to reduce our environmental footprint. At Infosys, we are aware of our resource utilization and we strongly believe in ‘reduce, recycle, and reuse’. This is the 9th LEED Platinum Award we have received and it is an acknowledgement of the tremendous effort we undertake towards sustainability throughout the organization.”
About Infosys Green Initiatives
Infosys has taken great strides during the past five years to become sustainable in its operations. The company is working to reduce its per capita electricity consumption by 50 percent from 2007-2008 levels and to source all its electricity needs from renewable resources by the end of 2017. Between 2007 and 2013, Infosys reduced its per capita electricity consumption by 40 percent. The company’s per capita water consumption declined by 34 percent and GHG emissions dropped by 15.3 percent, during the same period. The company encourages employees to endorse sustainable practices that reduce their daily consumption of resources. Infosys Eco Clubs (employee driven initiative to endorse green practices) are passionate partners in these efforts. The company has over 3.4 million square feet of LEED Platinum-rated and GRIHA five-star rated buildings.
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