4 mins | FEATURED | 31 July 2023

Elevating Sustainability at Commerz-ll from LEED Gold to LEED Platinum

As businesses and technologies evolve rapidly, sustainable development has become more crucial than ever. At Oberoi Realty, our brand vision revolves around design, quality, and sustainability, reflecting our commitment to creating ecosystems that enhance the quality of life while caring for the environment. Our commercial tower, Commerz II, nestled in the prestigious International Business Park within Oberoi Garden City – Goregaon, exemplifies our dedication to sustainability. Formerly a LEED Gold Core & Shell development, Commerz II has now earned the prestigious LEED Platinum certification by USGBC, showcasing our unwavering pursuit of environmental excellence.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, initially designed for new constructions, has evolved into a comprehensive system covering all aspects of building design, construction, maintenance, and operation. Developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) by scientist Robert K. Watson, LEED aims to promote and assess sustainable building practices. This third-party rating system evaluates buildings across various categories, including energy efficiency, water conservation, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and site sustainability. With global acceptance in over 167 countries, LEED has become the world's most widely used efficient building program.

LEED certification offers different levels to signify a building's sustainability achievements. Starting with LEED Certified for fulfilling basic sustainable design and construction requirements, buildings can progress to LEED Silver for higher sustainability standards, LEED Gold for exceptional performance, and finally, LEED Platinum, the epitome of sustainable design and operation, showcasing outstanding performance across all categories.

Our journey from LEED Gold to Platinum certification for Commerz II exemplifies our continuous dedication to sustainability. Commerz II continues to evolve, embracing increasingly sustainable features to prioritize environmental excellence. As a LEED Gold Core & Shell certified building, Commerz II set high standards by including energy-saving measures like high-performance glazing, efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) design, and smart lighting solutions. Its innovative water reuse systems reduced potable water usage by 40%, and over 40% of building materials were locally sourced to prioritize sustainability. With the inclusion of electric vehicle charging points and a strategic location in proximity of public transport facilities, Commerz II encourages eco-friendly transportation options, reducing reliance on private vehicles and promoting a greener commute for employees and visitors alike.

To achieve LEED Platinum, Commerz II adopted additional measures: Enhanced Energy Efficiency: Commerz II surpassed energy efficiency standards of 182 kWh/year/sqm by achieving an impressive Energy Performance Index (EPI) of 131 kWh/year/sqm. Through advanced energy management systems and the implementation of a high-performance façade, these sustainability measures not only benefit the environment but also contribute to significant cost efficiency for tenants and businesses within the tower.

Green Materials and Chemicals: Its use of green materials, chemicals and practices in building construction and operations has ensured reduced maintenance/replacement efforts, energy resource conservation and preservation of natural resources and systems. Sustainable materials and low-emitting products also ensure a healthier indoor environment, minimizing exposure to harmful chemicals and pollutants.

Water Conservation Measures: Water conservation practices, such as innovative water reuse systems and water-efficient fixtures, ensure sustainable water usage, contributing to a healthier and more sustainable environment for all occupants and promote judicious water consumption within the building.

Superior Indoor Environmental Quality: To further enhance internal air quality, Commerz II increased fresh air provisions, thereby ensuring a healthier and more productive workspace for people.

Waste Management: An advanced wet waste recycling program was integrated to abate environmental impact and bolster responsible waste management practices.

Continued Focus on Efficiency: Commerz II adopted an enhanced equipment maintenance program to ensure continuous efficient performance, maintaining sustainability achievements over time.

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond achieving certifications. Commerz II's journey from LEED Gold to Platinum is a testament to our passion for creating spaces that prioritize environmental excellence. By embracing energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management, and occupant well-being, Commerz II showcases the transformative power of sustainable practices. At Oberoi Realty, we continue to set new benchmarks in the real estate industry, inspiring others to join us in building a greener and more sustainable future.