3 mins | Sustainability | 03 December 2021
Climate change is one of the biggest crises facing the world today. Most of us are experiencing its effects in multiple ways such as increased heat waves, distressed fresh water supplies, increased frequency and intensity of urban floods and erratic weather patterns.
As governments discuss mitigation measures, businesses and individuals are doing their bit too. As one of the largest contributors to climate change- 40% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions- the building and construction industry, has a huge opportunity and responsibility to building a more sustainable planet.
At Oberoi Realty, we create living spaces with a lower impact on the environment by following stringent, international, product guidelines. An example is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification programme introduced by the non-profit US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is a rating system for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings that enables owners to be environmentally responsible as they use resources efficiently.
So, what exactly is ‘green architecture’?
Most consumers might think of this as a project that includes lots of green area, adopts solar energy and rainwater harvesting techniques. However, green building solutions are more than this. They cover a holistic range of measures from using construction materials with sustainable/ renewable components to planning for better pedestrian access or occupant wellness
Commerz II - A sustainable project in action
At Oberoi Realty, we make conscious efforts towards sustainability in all our projects. To truly understand the depth and scale of these practices, consider our elegant 30-storeyed commercial tower, Commerz II, a destination of choice for top conglomerates. This building is a LEED Gold Core & Shell development, certified by USGBC and is known for its exemplary usage of technology along with various green and sustainability measures and practices. Here’s a quick look.
The use of high reflective material on the roof, high performance glazing and efficient HVAC design saves energy. . Efficient lighting design and fixtures help reduce lighting power density.
Commerz II has been designed to reduce potable water by 20%, and reuse water in situ for 100% of landscaping and irrigation. Efficient fixtures like low flow urinals, kitchen faucets and flush water closets reduce potable water use by 40%*. All wastewater is innovatively treated and reused within the site.
Along with efficient material waste management, Commerz II was designed with more than 40% of the total building materials value manufactured and extracted from within 500 miles of the project site. We use sustainably sourced materials and sustainable construction materials that replace virgin components with recycled content.
Site & Environment
With a location close to public transport facilities, we encourage lesser private car use. Meanwhile, electric vehicle charging points within the premises encourage more e-vehicle usage.
Occupant Health & Wellness
Keeping the health & wellness of our occupants in mind, Commerz II uses only low emitting adhesives, paints and Agrifiber products that improve indoor environmental quality. The building is thoughtfully designed to maximise thermal comfort and natural daylight.
In a nutshell, green buildings are more than just curated landscapes. They represent a philosophy that is backed by science and careful design . At Oberoi Realty, we’re committed to this thought.