ITC Royal Bengal Kolkata is a LEED Platinum Certified Building
Kolkata/IBNS: At 130 meters, ITC Royal Bengal is not merely one of the tallest buildings in Kolkata but has also taken a leading role in showcasing an energy efficient building design.
The 456 keys luxury hotel is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified building under LEED USGBC New Construction Programme.
LEED is an international symbol of sustainability excellence in green building indicating a building has less carbon emissions, conserves resources and reduces operating costs, while prioritizing sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment.
Some of the key aspects, which have allowed the hotel to earn this coveted certification, include efficient use of water and energy, restoring fifty per cent of the site with natural areas, use of efficient building material, and overall implementation of eco-friendly practices.
The hotel has increased its energy efficiency through passive design strategies, such as optimized building orientation, optimum window to wall ratio and efficient shading systems; active design strategies, such as efficient building envelope design, use of efficient lighting systems and use of efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning systems and mechanical equipment.
Installation of efficient plumbing fixtures and reuse of treated waste-water for various purposes has helped the hotel to increase its water efficiency.
The hotel has also focused on mitigating the use of single use plastic, reducing the plastic and packaging waste material, appropriate segregation, storage and management of waste generated in the building, identifying the recyclable waste and sending it to identified recyclers, segregating the organic waste and treating the same in the in-house organic waste composter, etc.
Tejinder Singh, Area Manager East ITC Hotels & Cluster General Manager ITC Royal Bengal & ITC Sonar said, “ITC Royal Bengal's LEED Platinum Certification is one of the many reflections of ITC Hotels decade long Responsible Luxury philosophy.”
Incidentally, ITC Sonar is also a LEED Platinum certified hotel and is the first hotel in the world to obtain Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the aegis of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention in 2007.