Monday Flashback 23 - The Pocharam SEZ Campus, Hyderabad : A Modern Sustainable Architecture with Resource efficiency
Infosys has the first commercial radiant cooled building in India that is “Pocharam campus” in Hyderabad.
We are back with another Flashback of the week, presenting on this Monday. In Monday Flashback, we will mention & highlight the Sustainable Architecture in Heritage as well as the Modern time, to highlight the requirement and making a resource efficient building.
There are a number of Features that have been included to maximize the daylight harvesting leading to the attainment of 90% of natural light in the office space. Apart from this, suspended light fixtures were used to throw light up and down, avoiding the dark effect in the room and to ensure that there was enough light on ceilings, walls, and tables. Dimmers and motion sensors have been also used.
Infosys has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) India 'Platinum' rating by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its Software Development Block 1 at its Pocharam campus in Hyderabad, India in the year 2012.
The Software Development Building 1 (SDB-1) on Pocharam campus in Hyderabad has been featured as a case study as a Sustainable Cooled Building in India. The Hyderabad building for being the first of its kind to prove that radiant cooling was more efficient than conventional air-conditioning in India.
The most significant feature of this building is that it is split into two symmetric halves. While one half is being cooled by conventional air conditioning, the other half by radiant cooling. Infosys Constructed this building with an approach to sustainability, concentrating on areas such as water efficiency and Harvesting, energy-efficient and atmosphere friendly, materials and resources, and Indoor environment quality. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a globally accepted benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high- performance of green buildings, which ensures sustainability. Infosys has the largest building area as LEED Platinum certified in the office space category and has the second highest number of LEED Platinum awards for a corporate.
There are a number of Features that has been included to maximize the daylight harvesting leading to the attainment of 90% of natural light in the office space. Apart from this, suspended light fixtures were used to throw light up and down, avoiding the dark effect in the room and to ensure that there was enough light on ceilings, walls, and tables. Dimmers and motion sensors have been also used.
Innovations in Resource Conversions:
Merits of the Building
Key Features of the Infosys Hyderabad Campus :
Green Power: A 400KW solar power plant installed in the Pocharam Campus generates seven Lakh units per annum: Thereby reducing Reliance on the Grid.
Biodiversity: More than 6,000 native trees were planted to improve the biodiversity of the campus.
Water Efficiency: A 48% reduction in overall water consumption has been achieved in the building through the use of efficient plumbing fixtures and by water recycling. 100% of wastewater from the campus will be treated on site, helping in the reduction of potable water consumption.
Energy Efficiency: The building is 40% more efficient than the globally accepted ASHRAE standard. This has been achieved through an efficient building envelope including high-performance glazing and adequate shading, radiant cooling system, efficient chillers, pumps and fans, efficient lighting system and smart building automation.
Daylighting: Over 90% of the office space has natural light, reducing the need for artificial lighting during daytime. The design includes light shelves along all windows to ensure that the natural light travels as deep into the building as possible.
Efficient Material Selection and Management: Recycled materials account for 18% of the total value of materials in the building; these include aluminium, glass, steel, plywood and tiles among others. 38% of the total project material by cost was manufactured regionally thereby reducing pollution due to transportation.