The new Assembly building has become the first Assembly building in the world to be designed and constructed as a green building, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has certified.

The IGBC has planned to make use of the enthusiasm created by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification of the Assembly building to create awareness on green buildings during the Green Building Congress to be organised later this year in the city, said Deepa Sathiaram, Director of En3 Sustainability Solutions, the green consultant of the project. The IGBC is planning to seek the permission of the State government to arrange a tour of the Assembly building for foreign delegates of the Green Building Congress, she told The Hindu on Friday.

Even though the requirement of seeking a LEED Gold certification of the Green building has marginally increased the cost of construction, there would be long-term benefits for the building, said Ms. Sathiaram.

The entire building would be a non-smoking zone to ensure the health and safety of occupants.

All adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings used in the building have less volatile organic compounds that are harmful to humans.

The building has been designed to provide thermal comfort to the occupants as per international standards.

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