KBL’s office is India’s 2nd greenest building
Kirloskar Brothers Ltd’s (KBL) new corporate office – Yamuna – at Baner, in Pune has qualified as ‘Platinum’ rated green building – the highest level of LEED certification. This is the second greenest building of the country.
Occupying an area of 12,000 square meters, ‘Yamuna’ is aesthetically designed and has ergonomic furniture with an open plan office to provide maximum comfort while working. Landscape terraces, atriums with indoor plants and the use of glass provide a scenic view to people at work. This is a major stress buster. A well equipped café serving hygienic and nutritious food, medical facilities with a doctor within the premises, intelligent firefighting equipment helps boost productivity of employees. Other amenities like an auditorium, library, a well equipped gymnasium, badminton court, swimming pool and an amphi-theater open up opportunities for employee engagement and networking. The building provides working space for approximately 500 people abiding to the KBL’s people policy of gender balance.
The building is designed to yield up to 50% energy savings and up to 30% water conservation. It generates reduction in operating costs from day one; and will continue to do so during its entire life. The extra cost for making the building green is merely 8% with a payback period of three years.
Some of the highlights of Yamuna:
Water cooled VRV air conditioning system with CO2 sensors for monitoring its levels and optimizing intake of fresh air.
Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate electricity; about 2.6% of electricity consumption is contributed by solar power.
Maximum use of glass and provision of skylights to tap natural light. 90% of work space is illumined with natural lights.
Usage of energy efficient gadgets like low powered CFL fixtures and LCD monitors.
Recharge pits for rainwater harvesting.
The entire campus is a ‘non smoking’ area.