Commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland on Friday has been awarded LEED v4.1 Buildings Operations & Maintenance certification at the Platinum level for its corporate office building in Chennai.
With this, Ashok Leyland becomes the first office in India and fourth in the world to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification, the company said in a statement.
NV Balachandar, President – HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland said, “We are the only corporate office in India to have received this certification. We have been associated with LEED for a decade and have observed great improvement in our energy and water savings, waste management, carbon footprint and the health of our employees through the use of LEED.”
According to the company, Ashok Leyland’s office is located in the heart of the city, with easy access to bus, metro and rail networks. The ease of access created due to the location of the Chennai office leads to a high share of public transport usage.
The project achieved 91 points, and continues to monitor, analyze and optimize their performance by using the Arc platform. Sustainability features at the project include a rainwater collection tank that captures 100% of rainwater runoff and low flow water fixtures to reduce water consumption.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director – APAC and Middle East, Green Business Certificate Institute (GBCI) said, “As the first project in India to receive LEED v4.1 Platinum certification, the firm’s Chennai office serves as an international model for sustainability excellence. Existing buildings have a great potential to improve their efficiency and performance through LEED. Ashok Leyland has set a benchmark in the industry by creating a sustainable workspace in the automobile sector.”
LEED v4.1 is the newest version of the LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).