The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has confirmed MARG Swarnabhoomi as the pilot project for platinum rated city in India, according to a press release from Marg Ltd. This is a unique rating system beginning to be adopted for cities to enable the designer to apply green concepts and criteria, to reduce environmental impact.

This IGBC Green Township rating systems addresses national priorities leading to benefits such as efficient land use, habitat preservation, effective management, efficient use of resource and enhanced quality of life for the occupants.

A challenge facing our cities is to meet the ever-rising demand for power, water supply and waste management. Efficient and effective use of resources is thus vital in augmenting the existing infrastructure.

With consistent commitment towards implementing Green measures and creating a liveable township, MARG Swarnabhoomi can be the first city to be certified under IGBC Green Township Rating, says Ar. Poorva Keskar, IGBC Co-Chair, Pune Chapter, in the release.

MARG Swarnabhoomi, promoted by the Chennai-based infrastructure company, is its flagship project in urban and industrial infrastructure. Buildings in Swarnabhoomi are implementing green designs targeting Gold rating and the IT Park is aiming for Platinum rating.

The Green Building movement in India has been spearheaded by IGBC since 2001. It provides the tools to facilitate the adoption of Green Building practices such as LEED India NC, CS, IGBC Green themes and IGBC Green Factories.

ACC HQ rated Gold

ACC Ltd has received the LEED India NC Gold rating for its headquarters building ‘Cement House' in Mumbai.

The award was presented by Mr Tony Arnel, Chair, World Green Building Council (WGBC), to ACC's Adviser Corporate Affairs, Mr N. A. Mirza, at the Annual Meet of the Indian Green Building Council in Chennai on Thursday. Cement House was the first project in the country to be registered under the criteria of major renovation of an existing building.

The building has also received Five Star rating for being the most energy efficient in the category of energy efficient office buildings of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Government of India. Cement House thus becomes a benchmark in making energy efficient workplaces, especially for old buildings. ACC, India's leading cement company, promotes the practice of Sustainable Construction in India and has three other green building projects to its credit, one completed and two under implementation, the release said.

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Crisil rating for Asset Homes' project

Asset Signature, a residential complex in Thiruvananthapuram, has been awarded the Seven Star rating by Credit Rating and Information Services of India (Crisil).

Asset signature is the first CRISIL seven star apartment complex in the State.

The six-tower Asset Signature Complex is near Kazhakuttam and is developed by the Kochi-based Asset Homes. The first phase of 231 apartments has been completed with two towers of 15 and 14 storeys. The second phase will have 177 apartments in three towers to be completed by 2012.

According to Mr K. A. Mohammed Salim, Managing Director, Asset Homes, Crisil has awarded the rating based on a range of factors relating to construction, operating systems, financial management and transparency of the company. Asset Homes started operations three years back and completed 20 projects with nine more projects nearing completion.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 10, 2010)
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