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Efforts on to get better LEED certification for Assembly complex

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Going green: Works are in progress on the Assembly complex coming up on Omandurar Government Estate.
Going green: Works are in progress on the Assembly complex coming up on Omandurar Government Estate.

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

At least 5 review meetings held on green aspects of the building

CHENNAI: The need to go for a multi-level car parking facility and a sewage treatment plant for getting a good LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating for the upcoming Assembly complex in Omandurar Government Estate was emphasised at a consultation meeting of the project here recently.

According to sources, there are 69 possible points and the building could qualify for four levels of certification.

The building would be LEED certified if it gets anywhere between 26 and 32 points.

For LEED Silver certification, 33-38 points are required, while for LEED Gold 39-51 points are needed. LEED Platinum certification is given for 52-69 points.

Around 20 per cent of the civil works of the new Assembly complex has been completed. Officials and consultants have held at least five review meetings on the green aspects of the building.

Site scores

The selection of location of the site for construction had already provided 16 points to the building, said Deepa Sathiaram, director of En3 Sustainability Solutions. The proximity to public transport facilities and the proposal of Metro Rail connectivity with a proximate alignment had increased the green rating scores for the building.

The Public Works Department was planning to get a LEED gold rating for the complex.

The five review meetings with consultants had additionally identified 27 points which were definitely possible. Of those 20 points were frozen after the meetings, said Ms.Sathiaram. Majority of the construction material was sourced from areas within 800-km radius of Chennai as that was one of the requirements for gaining points.

Multi-level car parking will contribute towards reduction of heat island effect and control microclimate, said Ms.Sathiaram.

Three points would be given for a sewage treatment plant. It would include treating 100 per cent of the waste water of the complex and reusing it for landscaping.

Discussions are on for deciding on sensor-based facilities to reduce water consumption, added Ms.Sathiaram. Allocating car pooling spaces and provision for charging points for electric vehicles in the parking facility were some of the requirements on which the discussions were focussed.

As the first phase of the project in progress did not include the multi-level car parking facility and sewage treatment plant, the approval of the government was awaited.

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