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Panelling made from plastic waste, wood recycled from old ships, carpets of recycled plastic and CO2 monitors that regulate the proportion of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the room. These are just a handful of things you are likely to encounter if you walk into the ITC Green Centre in Gurgaon or the Patni Knowledge Centre in Noida, alongside more ‘conventional’ green measures like solar panels and fully day-lit office spaces. These two buildings , along with a few others across the country, have been among the early adopters of the green building movement in the country; a direct result of the increasing awareness on sustainability.

Niranjan Khatri, GM Welcomenviron Initiatives , ITC Welcomgroup, says work was already underway on their hotel division headquarters when CII suggested that ITC make it a green building. Construction was stopped in order to understand the finer nuances of a green building. “We realised that the green practices which we had implemented through our own learning were on par with LEEDS Gold standards, however, our chairman asked us to aim for a Platinum certification,” he says.

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