The South Central Railway’s (SCR)‘Hyderabad Bhavan’ office building has been awarded the prestigious ‘Green Existing Building Gold Rating’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). A host of eco-friendly measures taken by SCR on water conservation, waste management, electrical energy conservation and generation, the comfort of occupants, etc, have helped in getting IGBC gold rating.
Interestingly, Secunderabad railway station in Telangana was certified as the first green railway station in India last year. In that case also, a slew of measures pertaining to water conservation, energy efficiency and innovation taken by the authorities had helped the station to cut down environmental pollution and achieve green rating.
Hyderabad Bhavan has an efficient solid waste management system which segregates dry and wet waste at floor level using 12 bins on each floor, and by maintaining a common waste area. Water conservation in the building is achieved by installing four water meters at different locations. The ratio between open area and carpet area in each room is more than 4 per cent. Use of eco-friendly materials for floor cleaning and good ventilation on each floor are other highlights of the building.
Further, landscaping in the premises is done only by using natural fertilisers such as cow dung. The existing native plants in the premises were taken up for preservation. Solar Reflectance Index painting was done on rooftops for 2,300 square metres, to provide heat reduction to the occupants.
A water audit is done regularly and facilities such as railings, ramps and exclusive parking spots are provided for the differently-abled.