Nearly 100% of the modular furniture in this facility has been reused from the decommissioning of an earlier facility. This recycling has resulted in diversion of estimated 191.2 metric tons of office furniture from the landfill.
This is the new office of Wells Fargo India in Hyderabad which has secured the LEED v4 Platinum certification under the LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C) Rating System. Incidentally, this is the 10th building in India to secure this certification and first one in Hyderabad. All existing built-to-suit Wells Fargo facilities in India are also LEED-certified.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a globally recognized green building rating system that addresses the entire lifecycle of a building from design and construction to operations and maintenance. LEED certification is based on several factors like energy efficiency and eco-friendly technologies, equipment, and materials used for the building, including lighting systems, water treatment technologies, renewable energy, nontoxic paints, FSC-certified woods, and recycled materials.
Head of Corporate Properties for Wells Fargo India & the Philippines, Vinod Mannattil shared, “When Wells Fargo India’s new facility in Bengaluru was ready to be occupied in September 2017, the office furniture from the older building was not needed. Keeping to our focus on finding new ways of reducing our carbon footprints, we decided to find a way to reuse that furniture in our new facility in Hyderabad.”
This accomplishment makes Wells Fargo India the first organization to achieve LEED v4 Platinum certification under LEED ID+C for a building in Hyderabad. With an area of 374,000 square feet, Tower 3 is the newest building at Wells Fargo India’s Hyderabad campus and was inaugurated in November 2018.
Against an earlier version of the rating system (LEED 2009), LEED v4 calls for a 20% water consumption reduction; the Wells Fargo design results in a 47% reduction, and including recycled water from the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) the consumption reduction further increases to 76%. Approximately 80% of the regularly occupied area is accessible to an external view (natural light). 100% of the electrical energy consumed by the building is covered by Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs. Almost 88% of project construction waste is sent to recycler. The fresh air system, which is part of the air conditioning, has been designed per ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010 guidelines to maintain good indoor air quality at all times.