We are proud to announce the LEED Platinum Certification of DLF Cybercity Gurgaon under the LEED for Cities and Communities Program of USGBC. The LEED for Cities & Communities helps local leaders create and operationalize responsible, sustainable and specific plans for natural systems, energy, water, waste, transportation and many other factors that contribute to quality of life—revolutionizing the way cities and communities are planned, developed and operated in order to improve their overall sustainability and quality of life. This is the first project in India to earn LEED for Communities Platinum certification. The commitment of DLF Group towards Sustainable Operations of their buildings has been proved through this Certification. To help LEED certification of DLF Cyber City, DLF hired Firstgreen Consulting as it sustainability consultant.
DLF Cyber City buildings have been developed over last two decades and has become most sustainable, commercial business district in India. Cybercity comp comprising of 14 buildings have individually also achieved LEED platinum certification for its development. All 14 buildings are WELL certified by the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) demonstrating DLF Group’s commitment to improve human health and well being. In order to achieve this certification, DLF has implemented dozens of policies and programs to enhance its environmental stewardship and set an example for other developers striving to operate such a large-scale commercial district in a sustainable manner. As DLF, the leading real estate developer in the country it has to lead its sustainability efforts through examples. DLF cyber city has showcased how a modern city can protect its environment through judicial use of resources and still achieve economic development activities in a sustainable manner.
LEED Platinum certified by US Green Building Council, Highest Certification in Sustainable Practices.
Dedicated energy centers with use of natural gas as fuel and using waste heat to create cooling in buildings.
Conferred with the highest award in Safety ‘Sword of Honour’ by British Safety Council.
Recognized as regional sector leaders for developments across office spaces by GRESB achieving highest ranking of 5-Star rating.
WELL certified by International Well Building Institute (IWBI).
16 Lane signal free road network & 6 underpasses 22000+ Car parking with RFID.
HCL Madurai Campus is an IT SEZ Campus & is located just 5 minutes walk away from Airport-Mattuthavani Ring road. This facility is the most promising & leading Sustainable firm of HCL. This Campus has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification with a score of 91 points. During this Certification journey, Firstgreen Consulting has played an important role . This facility has executed many sustainable features like automatic controllers & sprinklers for irrigation, uses of low flow water-efficient fixtures, fresh air intake controllers with CO2 sensors.
The Sustainable Sites (SS) ensure that a project’s natural environment would be valued and respected throughout every step of the building process, from planning to construction to management. Buildings do not exist separately from the landscapes on which they are built, and that the environmental integrity of those landscapes should be preserved. Sustainable Sites can protect sensitive ecosystems by completing an early site assessment and planning the locations of buildings and hardscape areas.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
One of the primary aims of green buildings is to minimize negative impacts on their occupants by creating a healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environment. The performance of indoor environment is described as indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The quality indoor environment can result in increased occupant satisfaction, enhanced performance and productivity, reduced liability, marketing advantage and lower operations and maintenance costs. Building characteristics such as location, climate, design and construction contribute significantly to the IEQ. Thermal, visual and acoustic comfort and existing levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) help to measure the IEQ of a green building.
Green buildings are sustainable buildings demanding the water conservation as well as preventing pollution and use reuse of Grey water and recycle treated water ensuring potable water use for potable purpose only. Water efficiency means responsible use of freshwater. Water efficiency implies using improved technologies and practices that deliver equal or better service with reduced water consumption. For example, the use of low flow faucet could be more effective than conventional faucets. Water conservation on the other hand implies curtailment of water usage.
ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
The primary goal of the Energy and Atmosphere is to minimize the use of fossil fuels. The Energy and Atmosphere (EA) category is about designing a building that uses as little energy as possible through conservation, efficiency, and the use of alternative renewable energy sources. Atmospheric problems can be reduced by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used‚ optimizing the use of natural energy resources‚ and understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere.
MATERIALS & RESOURCES
The use of green building materials and products represents one important strategy in the design of a building. Green building materials have benefits to the building occupants like reduced maintenance/replacement costs over the life of the building, Energy conservation, Improved occupant health and productivity, Lower costs associated with changing space configurations and Greater design flexibility. Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product
After passing a hard COVID affected year 2020, all we are now hoping for a better year ahead, rather say that we are expecting for a much greener environment ahead. For making our Environment greener around us, ‘Nearly Zero Energy Building’, ’Renewable Energy generation’ or ‘Climate Change’ criteria are not only solutions. Rather it is the high time to conscious on Human Health & Well-being of people also to increase their Productivity, ESG Performance after this COVID Pandemic. Also, we should be conscious on how to use our spaces & workplaces safer. ’WELL Certification’ is the roadmap for doing this work. We & our Team are committed to do work for WELL being of People as well as their Human health around us.
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HVAC System: The equipment, distribution systems, and terminals that provide, either collectively or individually, the processes of heating, ventilating, or air conditioning to a building or portion of a building.
Energy efficiency in a green building starts with a focus on design that reduces overall energy needs, such as building orientation and glazing selection, and the choice of climate-appropriate building materials. Strategies such as passive heating and cooling, natural ventilation, and high-efficiency HVAC systems partnered with smart controls further reduce a building’s energy use. The generation of renewable energy on the project site or the purchase of green power allows portions of the remaining energy consumption to be met with non–fossil fuel energy, lowering the demand for traditional sources.
LEED EQ Credit: Min Energy Performance
INTENT To reduce the environmental and economic harms of excessive energy use by achieving a minimum level of energy efficiency for the building and its systems.
REQUIREMENTS Option 1: Whole Building performance
Demonstrate an improvement of 5% for new construction, 3% for major renovations, or 2% for core and shell projects in the proposed building performance rating compared with the baseline building performance rating. Calculate the baseline building performance according to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1–2010, Appendix G, with errata (or a USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.), using a simulation model.
The proposed design must meet the following criteria:
compliance with the mandatory provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1–2010, with errata (or a USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.);
inclusion of all energy consumption and costs within and associated with the building project; and
comparison against a baseline building that complies with Standard 90.1–2010, Appendix G, with errata (or a USGBC-approved equivalent standard for projects outside the U.S.).
<h4>As Per ASHRAE 90.1</h4>
<p><strong>Performance Rating Method Scope</strong>. This building performance rating method is a modification of the Energy Cost Budget (ECB) Method in Section 11 and is intended for use in rating the energy efficiency of building designs that exceed the requirements of this standard.
Performance Rating. The improved performance of the proposed building design is calculated in accordance with provisions of this appendix using the following formula:
Following are HVAC system requirements for energy modeling for Basecase as well as proposed case.
Full table can be accessed in ASHRAE 90.1-Appendix G, table G3-1.
HVAC Systems as per ASHRAE 90.1
Equipment Efficiencies. All HVAC equipment in the baseline building design shall be modeled at the minimum efficiency levels, both part load and full load, in accordance with Section 6.4.Where efficiency ratings, such as IEER and ICOP, include fan energy, the descriptor shall be broken down into its components so that supply fan energy can be modeled separately.
Equipment Capacities. The equipment capacities (i.e. system coil capacities) for the baseline building design shall be based on sizing runs for each orientation (per Table G3.1, No. 5a) and shall be oversized by 15% for cooling and 25% for heating, i.e., the ratio between the capacities used in the annual simulations and the capacities determined by the sizing runs shall be 1.15 for cooling and 1.25 for heating.
In the interior of the home, use products that have been tested and found compliant with the California Department of Public Health Standard Method V1.1–2010, using CA Section 01350, Appendix B, New Single-Family Residence Scenario, for emissions testing guidance. At least 90% of a component must meet the requirements to earn credit.
For site-applied interior paints and coatings, meet the requirements of CA Section 01350 (0.5 point). For flooring, meet the requirements of CA Section 01350 (0.5 point).
For insulation, meet the requirements of CA Section 01350 (0.5 point).
For site-applied adhesives and sealants, meet the requirements of CA Section 01350 (0.5 point).
For composite wood products be constructed from materials documented to have low formaldehyde emissions that meet the California Air Resources Board requirements for ultra-low-emitting formaldehyde (ULEF) resins or no-added formaldehyde based resins.
Salvaged and reused architectural millwork more than one year old at the time of occupancy is considered compliant provided any site-applied paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants meet the requirements.
Wood structural panels conforming to DOC PS-1 or PS-2 and manufactured with moisture-resistant adhesive for “Exposure 1” or “Exterior” application as indicated on the panel by the trademark of an approved testing and grading agency are exempt. (1 point) .
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