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Infosys Mysuru campus gets green building certification from US body

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on September 14, 2018 Published on September 14, 2018

The Infosys Mysuru 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 the highest rated green buildings – 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 certified as LEED Platinum in the IT office space category. To make its campuses sustainable and resource efficient, Infosys has since 2008 followed a two-pronged strategy to design new buildings to the highest energy efficiency standards and implement deep retrofits in old buildings.

At the Mysuru campus, efficiency improvements were achieved through large-scale retrofit projects in existing buildings, including food courts, training centres, guest houses and sports complexes.

Major interventions included the complete re-engineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system (BMS) retrofit, UPS and lighting retrofit. These initiatives have helped Infosys lower its 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: The campus was the first to pilot a unique smart irrigation system in 2017 and has also installed smart water meters as well as ground water injection systems to reduce water usage and capture the maximum rainwater. In FY2018 the campus reduced per capita water consumption by 20.6 per cent compared to the previous financial year. The Infosys Mysuru campus is a model for water sustainability due to the various lakes created for rainwater harvesting and demand-side measures to reduce water consumption.

Energy efficiency: The campus has a central command centre for an Integrated Building Management System (IBMS) that helps with remote energy performance management to ensure the efficient operation of buildings. In FY2018 the campus reduced its per capita energy consumption by about 5 per cent compared to FY17.

Waste management: The campus in 2016 became the first to have a fully automated solar-heat assisted greenhouse dryer capable of treating 3.5 tonnes of sewage sludge per day. In addition, the campus has a biogas plant to treat food waste generated in the food courts of the campus.

Renewable Energy: The total installed solar power capacity at the campus is 603 kilowatt (kW), which generates 0.9 million kWh solar power. In FY2018 the campus procured 23.65 million kWh of green power.

Over the years, Infosys has demonstrated leadership in implementing innovative technologies and practices to foster sustainability, leading to high operational efficiency, while minimising the environmental impact.

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Published on September 14, 2018
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