Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan housing the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has became the first Government Office building in New Delhi, awarded with The Indian Green BuiIding Council (IGBC’s) LEED India- New Construction (NC) Gold Rating.
The chairman, IGBC, Dr Prem Chand Jain and Director General, CII , Chanderjit Banerjee presented the prestigious CII-IGBC Green Building Plaque and Certificate to foreign secretary, Ranjan Mathai, Government of India at a special function organised at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in New Delhi.
The building has been designed and constructed as per CII-IGBC Green Building guidelines and its key green features include an energy savings of about 30 per cent, water conservation of more than 50 per cent, courtyard integration for daylight, views and ventilation performance and integration of roof gardens- reflective roof and grass pavers . Similarly, it will have building Management System- integration of MEP Systems for Systems Control and controllability of lighting and HVAC for 90 per cent of the building occupants. An extensive use of old furniture has been made to give it an ethnic look. Speaking on the occasion, Ranjan Mathai, Foreign Secretary said, “it is a matter of great pride that Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan has been constructed as per Green building guidelines and this building is a perfect blend of India’s ancient architectural concepts and modern technological innovations. Green would soon become a way of life for the occupants of the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan’’.
Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC while expressing delight over this remarkable achievement underlined that, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan has scripted a new chapter in the annals of Indian green building movement. This milestone will further enable other Government buildings to go the Green way and facilitate India emerge as one of the global leaders in green buildings, he added. Apreciating the commendable work done by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for the design & execution of Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan Dr Jain said that in times to come, CPWD has an important catalytic role in constructing all upcoming Government buildings in the country go the Green way. Highlighting the steady growth of green buildings in country, Dr Jain said that today, India has over 2,110 IGBC registered green building projects amounting to over 1.54 Billion sq. ft of green building footprint with projects spread across the five climatic zones of the country, which has put India on the top 3 countries in world green building map.
The vision of the Council is to ‘enable sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in sustainable built environment by 2025’, he informed.