Located in the heart of Ahmedabad, Godrej Garden City (GGC) is currently home to over 1,500 families and has a fully functional school, a city square retail facility, and a 70,000 sq ft clubhouse. The project also has facilities for healthcare, recreation, hospitality, and banking. In 2009, GGC was selected as one of the 17 projects from around the world by the Clinton Foundation to partner the Clinton Climate Initiative in creating projects that sought to be at the cutting edge of sustainable development. And recently, GGC was certified with the IGBC Green Residential Society (IGBC-GRS) Platinum certification, making it the largest township in India to be GRS Platinum-certified. Anubhav Gupta, Chief Design Officer, Business Head-Vikhroli, Head of CSR & Sustainability, Godrej Properties, shares more on the project's features.
Innovative practices: GGC has undertaken several innovative practices and green measures that helped it achieve the IGBC-GRS Platinum certification. Here are the areas in which these have been incorporated:
Managing waste: Considering the requirement of about 4,000 households residing in the township, the project has installed an STP with a capacity of 1,000 kld to treat 1,482 kld of wastewater generated on site; this treats 75 per cent of the wastewater generated. GGC has installed aerators for water fixtures in the common area toilets that include taps, dual flush for water closets and shower heads; also aerators for toilets in flats. Further, automatic water level controllers and float level controllers in the overhead water tanks have also been installed.
Improving air circulation: A sun-path design analysis has been carried out; sun shades have been provided projecting over openings and room fatades, and are located at places recessed inside the building edge to provide sun protection from both the vertical and horizontal axis. Besides, the spatial planning emphasises ample air circulation. Moreover, the project has installed china mosaic tiles on 100 per cent of the roof structures, which reduces heat gain.
Adding to the green element: The project has large, green parks of about 2.8 acre that lie in the heart of the north sector. Further, 34.4 per cent of site area, ie, 29,917 sq m of the total site area of 86,956 sq m, is covered with landscape. Sparse planning with green pockets around the buildings encourages quality of life. Also, the project has facility management groups for the upkeep and maintenance of landscaping, housekeeping, lifts and elevators, fire suppression system and DG sets.
Year of completion: Ongoing (Five phases of development complete and certified).
Year of certification: 2017.
Contractor: L&T Construction.
Master planner: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM).
Architects/planner: PG Patki Architects, Mumbai.
Landscape architect: Vikas & Nilima Bhosekar, Pune.
Green consultant: Ecofirst Consultants, Mumbai.
Structural consultant: EDRC.
Services, electrical and plumbing consultant: Spectral Consultants (now Aecom), Mumbai.
Civil finish: Mivan.
Elevators and escalators: Kone.
Website: www.kone.in; Otis.
Lights: Philips Lighting.
Roofing: China mosaic.
Flooring and tiles: Vitrified and ceramic.
- SERAPHINA D'SOUZA
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