Indian Airport Terminal First to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

April 05, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

India’s Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 has achieved gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design New Construction, the first recognition awarded to an airport terminal building.

Indian Airport Terminal First to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

The award was given to recognize the airport terminal’s eco-friendly features such as sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design, much like that of the San Francisco International Airport which has also been awarded LEED gold certification.

The airport will reopen its terminal 2 next week after having been closed in 2000. The more than $380 million renovation of the airport terminal started in 2008 through the partnership between Gensler and Turner Construction.

The Indian Green Building Congress (IGBC), the Indian chapter of US Green Building Council which sets the standard for all green buildings around the globe, has bestowed the gold certification.

I P Rao, CEO of Delhi International Airport Limited, said they appreciate the gold rating awarded to the airport terminal 3, acknowledging the fact that LEED NC is a certification body that assesses buildings worldwide for eco-friendliness.

Primary to the goals of the airport terminal’s design team was to achieve energy efficiency and improvement of environmental quality features, he added.

Of all the green features in the airport terminal, the rain water harvesting has been the greater focus.

The airport terminal’s water efficient landscaping uses no potable water but a supply from the Sewage Treatment Plant. It then treats and reuses the sewage.

Before constructing the airport terminal building itself, designers mounted erosion and sedimentation control to prevent the soil from being eroded by storm water.

“T3 is designed to be a national model for passenger-friendly and environmentally responsible airport facilities,” Rao said.

According to Rao, the number of water harvesting structures in the airport terminal rose from 50 in 2008 to 300 this year, a six times increase.

The IGBC requires that a building uses less water, optimizes energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants in contrast to the usual design.

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