247 Park-Sets New Standards for Green Buildings
247 Park, a New Age business destination in Mumbai has recently received the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for its Green Building design.
Located in the heart of the upcoming IT corridor on LBS Marg, Vikhroli (West) in Mumbai which has become the preferred destination for major corporate houses, the 247 Park® comprises a total of 18 lakh square feet of built-up space stretching over three towers. Designed by Chennai based architectural firm C. R. Narayana Rao and Associates and developed by HCC Real Estate Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of HCC, the 247Park® has become India's largest stand-alone Green Building with the largest combined floor plate of one lac sqft of high end office space.
LEED Gold CertificationThe 247Park® has received an occupation certificate from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and also recently received LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for being a green building adhering to all stipulated efficiency and quality norms incorporated for energy usage, intelligent lighting, water management, indoor environment and materials and resource usage while adopting an innovative design and processes.
The LEED Gold certification has been established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The certification, which adopts the most stringent criteria and rigorous evaluation methods, is the world's foremost recognition of environment-friendly constructions. By using less energy and water, LEED certified green buildings save money (for tax-payers and for their families as much as for businesses), reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environs for residents, workers and the larger community living in its vicinity.
On being intimated about the prestigious award, HCC Real Estate Ltd. President Mr Rajgopal Nogja said, "We are pleased to receive the LEED Gold Certification from United States Green Building Council for 247 Park. The HCC Real Estate has pioneered several new standards for environmental conservation in construction in India. Lavasa, free India's first and largest hill city near Pune being developed by HCC Real Estate also has set exemplary standards for efficiency in energy and other resources. This will not only benefit our customers and employees but the standards implemented at 247Park are exemplary for all the business related developments being carried out across the country."
The advanced standards of 247Park optimise comfort and utility thereby making it one of the most environment-friendly buildings in Mumbai and the largest stand-alone commercial complex in India to be awarded this prestigious gold certification. 247Park is equipped to fully recycle all waste materials. "The systems installed will ensure that it will consume 24% less energy as compared to the conventional designs."
Green DesignsThe 247 Park building is well connected by road and rail - 1.5 km from Vikhroli and 0.5 km from Kanjurmarg suburban Railway Station and 2 km from the proposed Metro Rail station at Ghatkopar. It is also easily accessible from the domestic airport (12 kms) and international airport (15 km) as well.
The 65 meters tall complex also houses a helipad on its roof top. The exteriors of the building are developed using double glazed fenestration oriented methods with inert gas filling to eliminate sound pollution, minimize heat gain and maximize day-light from the windows to reduce power consumption by up to 25%.
It also uses top-of-the-line Membrane Bio Reactor (MBR) technology for sewage treatment. This technology reduces the frequent maintenance of the plant. The water is recycled, brought to almost potable grade and used for chillers and landscaping. Thus this is the first commercial complex with zero discharge–which means that this complex does not require any drainage system connection from MCGM line for sewage disposal. The treated solid waste is the only disposable material that will be collected by MCGM on regular basis. It also has a storm water management, rain water harvesting and an independent utility building providing the required backup support to the entire complex. Effective separation of dry and wet garbage has been done to facilitate recycling of dry garbage and on-site composting of wet garbage which would be used in the landscaping.
The complex is divided into three towers, with the central tower housing 14 floors of office space and the two adjoining towers housing twelve floors each of office space. The complex has intrusion-free separate access to the office areas with 25 lifts leading right up to the corporate section. In the retail section, there are two floors dedicated to high-end, home store shopping and three levels of covered car parking that accommodates over 1200 cars. The retail section is equipped with escalators, travelators, scenic lifts and separate goods lift for quick and easy movement of goods and customers. Special ramps have been provided to ease the entry and exit for the physically challenged visitors in the corporate office and retail sections.
Tailor-made to the needs of its discerning customers, the 247Park® has also been equipped with a gymnasium, business centre and conference facilities, separate drop– off points for office and retail vehicular and pedestrian traffic, banks and ATMs, high-end restaurants and a 24/7 food court with exclusive terraces. Contemporary surveillance and security measures include round the clock CCTV surveillance in key areas including the car park and common areas. The entire complex has been equipped with state-of-the-art fire detection, alarm and fire fighting systems. The security system is enhanced by a unique car-scanning facility installed at the main entrance which would raise the alarm in case of the presence of explosives and also collect the data such as driver's face, number plate in a flash without having to form large queues of vehicles.