LEED Gold certification for Pune Marriott

Posted on June 15, 2011 by

The recently inaugarated Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre has been awarded LEED Gold from the IGBC. It is the first Marriott International hotel in India to be so certified.

The hotel started its commercial operations in November 2010. The Pune Marriott has deployed a number of environment friendly measures including low VOC emitting materials, reduced landscape water usage by using indigenous plants, use of rapidly renewable materials, 42% energy savings for the building operations, hybrid vehicles, alternative refuelling stations for electric cars, green roofs with terrace gardens and using CFC-free refrigeration systems. The hotel has been designed in a manner that ensures 75% of the hotel enjoys natural day lighting, saving energy and provideing a better working environment. It uses only ‘Green Seal’ certified chemicals in all its housekeeping activities. Marriott’s associates are being encouraged to adopt its green ideologies by introducing car-pooling programs. The hotel also segregates the operational waste generation and the construction waste for recycling and thus avoiding un-necessary diversion to landfills. Half of all building materials used in the making of the hotel were manufactured within a 500 mile radius saving on transportation cost and lowering emissions.

Commenting on the achievement, Balan Paravantavida, the hotel’s general manager said “The Pune Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre is truly honoured to have received LEED Gold. We have always taken extra steps to ensure that we are responsible citizens. We look forward to continuing our efforts and contributing towards a greener world.”

PRP Ramakrishnan, area director of engineering, Marriott – India said “Gold LEED for Pune Marriott Hotel & Convention Centre is an important milestone for Marriott in India. Marriott hotels have a robust and a well established green initiative plan for all the hotels. This recent recognition of our efforts will strengthen our resolve to operate our hotels in this direction.”

The property is owned by the Panchsheel Group. As a continual improvement on the high baselin, the group aims to improve the hotel’s energy efficiency, renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and storm water management techniques.

Read more about the role and potential of green buildings in reducing carbon footrprint and earning carbon credits here -“Green buildings to reduce carbon footprint and earn carbon credits


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