USGBC (United States Green Building Council) has accorded the LEED Zero Carbon Certification to ITC Windsor, Bengaluru, making it the first hotel in the world to achieve this distinction. Incidentally, ITC Hotels is the world’s largest chain of hotels with the maximum number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certified Properties.
ITC Windsor is powered by its own wind turbine generators and uses innovative energy efficient technologies such as electrical boiler, induction burners and other renewable energy. The hotel is an example of how hospitality can make a positive global impact by committing to sustainability and achieving net zero carbon status.
Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd. stated, “Elevating the role of buildings in mitigating climate-related risks and halting resource depletion is critical in achieving a sustainable and regenerative future for all. Innovative net zero projects such as ITC Windsor are aligned to India’s vision of significantly cutting emissions, and are a critical driving force behind the transformation of buildings, cities, and communities so that they continue to sustain future generations.”
For more than two decades, LEED has provided a framework for creating high performance green buildings and spaces and is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence. Building on that work, the U.S. Green Building Council has developed LEED Zero, a complement to LEED that verifies the achievement of net zero goals. LEED Zero represents a new level of achievement in green building that is not just attainable but is the goal of LEED certified projects around the world.
LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places, which will contribute to a regenerative future. It includes creating an environment where any human-produced carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through technological or natural means.