The new Assembly complex coming up in the city will aim for a lower green rating than what was decided earlier.

It would pursue the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements for earning at least 40 green rating points. This is expected to give the building a LEED Gold certification – given for 39 points and more.

The reasons why the complex may not get a platinum rating is that requirements such as the use of the water cool system, a carbon dioxide monitoring mechanism and reduction of light pollution cannot be met, said Deepa Sathiaram, Director of En3 Sustainability Solutions, green consultant for the project. For a platinum rating, the building should get 52 points.

Water deficient

As the city is water deficient, the air cool system was chosen instead of the water cool system, which consumes less energy.

The point for light pollution reduction would also be lost on account of the need for more external lighting for the building. “As the building should become an iconic building, facade lighting is necessary and the requirement of very little external lighting will not be met,” said Ms.Sathiaram.

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