Infosys has been awarded the LEED EBOM (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Existing Building Operation & Maintenance) Platinum certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its entire Infosys Pune Phase-2 campus. LEED Platinum is the highest and most stringent level of green rating for buildings; and this certification makes Infosys’ Pune campus the largest in the world to achieve this distinction.
The campus (114 acres in Hinjewadi Phase 2), began operations in 2004 and comprises office buildings, residential training facilities, food courts, health and fitness facilities and can accommodate 34,000 people. The company has followed a two-pronged approach to make the campus sustainable and resource efficient; designing new buildings to meet the highest efficiency standards, and implementing deep retrofits in old buildings to make them efficient. In the new construction category, three buildings in the Infosys Pune Phase–2 campus are certified with LEED Platinum rating. For existing buildings, efficiency improvements were achieved through large-scale retrofit projects in 10 office buildings, three food courts, the employee training center, the guest house, and sports complexes across the campus.
Deep retrofits were undertaken in many energy intensive areas, including complete reengineering of chiller plants, air handling units, building management system (BMS) retrofit, UPS retrofit, lighting retrofit, etc. and were completed within a short time. These initiatives have helped significantly lower operating costs, enhanced equipment life, and improved indoor air quality.
- In the last eight years there has been a 47 percent reduction in per capita energy consumption and 38 percent reduction in water consumption
- This year, 77 percent green power was used to meet the electricity needs of the entire campus
About LEED Certification
LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient; they use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ARC Advisory Group has written about LEED certification in multiple contexts – warehouses, building automation systems (HVAC, security systems, and lighting) etc.
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