India is moving forward in its quest for Urbanization at an exemplary rate. Every year, numerous residential and commercial infrastructures are cropping up and multiple Multi-National Companies are setting up branches in India. The urbanization scenario is not any different in Chennai since many companies and real estate developers have realized the city’s excellent potential for growth.
The city is known as the “Detroit of India” due to it being an automobile manufacturing hub and contributes about 35% of India’s vehicular needs. Chennai has also shown tremendous growth in other fields such as IT, construction, entertainment, chemical refineries and etc.
Though the port-city has been a platform for many developments, it has come at the cost of considerable depletion of natural resources. The infrastructures established have become one of the major sources of pollution, toxicity of water and many more environmental issues.
But certain infrastructures and establishments have been conscious of conserving natural resources and have been actively influencing the environmental preservation scene of Chennai.
According to a report by Times of India, the city is home to the largest number of green buildings than any other city in the country. Any building which has adopted an eco-conservative philosophy and works hard towards it becomes a Green Building. Here, we take a look at the top 10 Green Buildings in Chennai!
1. Raintree Hotel
The Raintree Hotel is considered to be one of the first Green Buildings of South India and has an eco-sensitive policy. The hotel has adopted a set of eco-friendly steps without compromising quality for the customers. Water for the air-conditioners is processed and recycled using a sewage treatment plant which helps preserve water resources. The heat generated by the air conditioners is used to heat the waters in the washroom. The employees working at the Raintree Hotel are also made to emphasize and adopt the eco-sensitive policy!
2. TCS, Siruseri
Tata Consultancy Services at Siruseri is recognized by the IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) as a Gold Rated green building. The building is constructed using highly efficient solar control glass that reduces the radiations from sunlight and also keeps the office cool which again translates to better power savings due to reduced power consumption by air coolers! The IT office has also been actively involved in water conservation and waste reduction and also employs composters and digesters to eliminate bio-waste!
3. Anna Centenary Library
The Anna Centenary Library is located at Kotturpuram, Chennai and has also been awarded the LEED Gold rating. An artificial tree is established at the middle of the library to promote awareness about conservation of trees. Water is recycled by an on-plant treatment unit and subsequently uses 64% less water than any other building of the same size. Power conservation steps are also taken which translates to a saving of 17.5% than buildings of the same size!
4. Government Super Specialty Hospital
Govt. Super Specialty Hospital which is located at Triplicane contributes to the ever-growing list of Green Buildings in Chennai. The large building has adopted excellent eco-conservative methods and continues to be successful in preserving energy and water resources!
5. World Bank
The World Bank is located at Tharamani and is a certified green building. The office has always strived hard to entwine environmental concern with development and operational strategy. The office boasts of water recycling plant, carbon sensors, automated lighting and etc. Also, the World Bank office at Chennai is its largest branch outside of Washington, DC and encompasses a wide area of 1,28,000 square feet which showcases the steadfast dedication shown by the employees and the administrators to conserve natural resources.
6. Olympia Tech Park
The Olympia Tech Park which is located at the Guindy has a certified LEED Gold rating by the U.S Green Building Council. In 2007, the IT Park was identified as the world’s largest Green Building and still stands tall among many other Green Buildings in the world. The establishment is well endowed with a sewage treatment plant which recycles water that is used for urinals and other bathroom needs. It is built in such a way that it allows natural lighting to come in which reduces the wastage of energy due to lighting equipment!
7. Express Avenue
Located at Royapettah, Express Avenue is also recognized as a green building which further shows that builders are becoming conscious about the environment. The mall is covered with windows made up of an environmentally-conservative material or more specifically with tensile fabric. It also has an in-built sewage treatment plant and is worthy of a place in the top 10 green buildings list!
8. Rane Institute for Employee Development
RIED is situated at Perungudi and is a silver-rated Green Building. It makes use of low-flowing showers and sinks to conserve a considerable amount of water. The office has also established solar Photovoltaic cells to reduce energy consumption and also uses compact fluorescent bulbs which reduce energy consumption by 20%!
9. Shell Business Operations
The Shell Business Operations building which is located at Perungudi is a LEED Platinum rated building which is the highest rating a green building can receive. By integrating sensors in urinals and also employing low-flow dual flush systems, water consumption is cut down by 48.74% at Shell Business Operations. An efficient HVAC design and a Heat recovery in the base building has helped reduce energy spent by 24% than other buildings!
10. Urban Tree
Pre-certified as a Green Building, Urban Tree Oxygen has been built keeping in mind the high standards and innovative energy and water-conservative methods prescribed by IGBC. It offers green home properties at the price of any other conventional homes. With Urban Tree, one can experience serenity, peace and a healthier lifestyle! To know more about Urban Tree Oxygen properties, Visit : www.urbantree.in
Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs.1, 080 crore for construction of 60,000 houses in rural India. This initiative will further increase the awareness of environmental conservation among both urban and rural folk. Many other governments have taken steps as well to increase the number of green buildings to promote a greener atmosphere!