The popular term “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a critical component for sustainability. The building has achieved the following metrics:
- 20.15% recycled content in the civil materials used
- 78.3% of materials sourced within 800 km.
- 3.15% of rapidly renewable materials used
- 100% of wood used was FSC Certified.
- 82.5% of construction waste was either reused or sent for recycling.
Autoclaved Aerated Concrete blocks and Fly-ash bricks were used for wall construction that has high recycled content and eco-friendly while providing good thermal protection. The wall thickness was increased to provide better thermal insulation. Cool-roof tiles and foam concreting usage on the roof helped to improve the U-value which is used to denote the insulation effectiveness. With the usage of high performance glass and solar panel covered roof additionally, the building is well insulated to save air-conditioning load.
The building achieved 100% score in all the categories except for the Materials and Resources (MR) LEED credit.
Though FSC certified wood was used, deficient documentation from the vendor side resulted in losing a point against this LEED requirement which was unfortunate considering the efforts taken.
Reusing of existing walls, floor and roof (Building reuse) is feasible only for existing buildings being reconstructed. The building lost 4 LEED points against this credit. Reuse of salvaged or refurbished materials was not attempted which contributed to losing the balance 2 points.