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Country’s first green residential building in city

Saturday, 29 March 2008 - 3:39am IST

IGBC, which is part of CII, said last week that Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Limited (SRUIL) is building ‘Palais Royale’ at Worli.

MUMBAI: Mumbai will soon boast of the first green residential building in India.

IGBC (Indian Green Building Council), which is part of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), said last week that Shree Ram Urban Infrastructure Limited (SRUIL) is building ‘Palais Royale’ at Worli.

The project will also be India’s first residential building aspiring to achieve the prestigious The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating.

With the project cost at $200 million, the 320-metre-high tower is designed by the well-known architect firm, Talathy & Panthaky, in association with foreign consultants such as Lehr Associates of New York and RWDI, Canada.

The building will boast of 100% on-site sewage treatment, thus stopping 30 million gallons of waste per year from reaching the city’s overburdened sewerage system.

The building will also have 100% waste management. Most of the waste will be used to generate organic manure to enhance the green ecosystem within the building premises and the remaining waste will be recycled.

“The building will save 30 per cent to 40 per cent energy and 20 per cent to 30 per cent water. Green Buildings also effectively contribute towards reducing carbon emission. For every one million sq.ft of constructed green building footprint, the CO2 reduction is around 12,000 tonnes per annum,’’ S Raghupathy, senior director and head of IGBC, said.

Spread over 25 lakh sq ft at Shreeram Mills in Lower Parel, the luxury building will have 100 apartments with areas of 8,700 sq ft and 14,000 sq ft. With a floor plate of 5 lakh sq ft, the premises will have amenities like a cinema house, spa, cricket pitch, soccer field and three swimming pools.

Company officials said that each of the 12 villas (apartments of 14,000 sq ft) will have an in-house swimming pool.

“The LEED Platinum-rated green building will incorporate the latest engineering and design technologies,’’ Vikas Kasliwal, vice-chairman of SRUIL, said. “The building will be eligible for carbon credits, thus bringing down maintenance costs,” Kasliwal added.

The first energy-efficient commercial office building in India is the Godrej Green Business Centre at Hyderabad, built eight years ago.


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