Earth Day Special: IT Industry Leads in Green Buildings

The green talk of IT fraternity is not just restricted to creating
energy efficiency data centers. The Indian IT industry is leading the
way in terms of going green in all aspects of business. According to
latest data from Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), the body that
rates green buildings in India, of the 77 buildings in India that have
been rated by the LEED
, 18 belong to IT

are buildings that
use less water, optimize energy efficiency, conserve natural resources,
generate less waste and provide healthier spaces for occupants, as
compared to a conventional building. LEED (Leadership in energy and
Environmental Design) certification is the most popular green
rating systems in the
world, that rates these buoildings in three levels–platinum, gold and
As per Dataquest research, 19  of the 77 LEED-rated buildings
in India are owned by IT companies, with Wipro having the lion’s share
of eleven of them. The No 2 Indian IT company has gone overwhelmingly
for these buildings with most of its new centers going for the rating.
While its Gurgaon center is platinum (highest)-rated, it has gold
ratings for six of its buildings – one in Kochi, two in Hyderabad, two
in Pune, and one Vizag. The rest four silver-rated buildings are: one
in Chennai, two in Bangalore and one in Bhubaneswar.

The other technology companies
having LEED-rated buildings are owned by Cisco (Bangalore, Platinum),
Patni (Noida, Platinum), Microsoft (Hyderabad, Gold), TCS (Chennai,
Gold), Cognizant (Coimbatore, Gold), ABN Amro CES (Chennai, Gold), HSBC
Global Service Center (Hyderabad, Silver), and Motorola’s manufacturing
facility in Sriperumbudure near Chennai (Silver). Infosys and HCL do
not have LEED-rated buildings yet.

In addtion, there are quite a few technology parks that have also gone
for the LEED rating. They include Olympia Technology Park in Chennai,
ETL BPO Park in Chennai  and Bagmane World Technology Center
in Bangalore. All these have received gold ratings. There are many
others who are registered for rating.

According to the data from IGBC, there are 17 platinum rated buldings
in India. Chennai has the highest concentration of such buildings with
as many as 17 LEED-rated buildings, Mumbai follows at a distant second
with eight such buildings. While Bangalore has seven, Pune and the NCR
regions have six each. Interestingly, within NCR, four of the buildings
are in Noida, including the Patni Knowledge Center and two in Gurgaon
(Wipro and ITC Green Center), Delhi city does not have a single such
Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly is the only assmebly house in India to
be LEED-rated. It has a Gold rating.   

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