Godrej Garden City: The largest township in India to be GRS Platinum-certified

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Godrej Garden City: The largest township in India to be GRS Platinum-certified

Godrej Garden City: The largest township in India to be GRS Platinum-certified

01 Dec 2017
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:

  • Apart from all the standard green parameters mandatory for all certified developments, GGC additionally aimed to achieve virgin green parcels on about 34 per cent of the site.
  • It has installed a freshwater treatment plant with a capacity of 480 cu m of water per day.
  • The project reuses the treated wastewater generated from the onsite water treatment system to cater to 95 per cent of its landscape watering needs.
  • The team made an agreement with ECS Environment to provide bins at three different locations of GGC for the next two years.
  • The submittal and narrative include the rainwater harvesting calculations indicating 99.23 per cent of water harvesting onsite. The harvesting is done by 26 percolation pits with a percolation rate of 40 cu m per day and a total capacity of 1,040 cu m. The amount of rainwater runoff is 1,048.32 cu m.
  • The project uses green housekeeping chemicals.

Saving energy: The project has installed CFC-free air-conditioning systems in all common area applications that include the clubhouse; it has also used efficient VRF-based air-conditioning systems in the banquet area. Further, energy meters are installed for monitoring energy performance for common area lighting, street lighting and power consumption of the clubhouse. One hundred per cent of external lights are covered and weather-resistant. Further, solar power is being used in common areas on the boulevard. However, the percentage of solar power electrification is nominal considering the site scale.

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.

Project Details
Year of completion: Ongoing (Five phases of development complete and certified).
Year of certification: 2017.
Contractor: L&T Construction.
Website: www.lntecc.com
Master planner: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM).
Website: www.som.com
Architects/planner: PG Patki Architects, Mumbai.
Website: www.pgpatkiarchitects.com
Landscape architect: Vikas & Nilima Bhosekar, Pune.
Website: www.vikasbhosekar.com
Green consultant: Ecofirst Consultants, Mumbai.
Website: www.ecofirst.in
Structural consultant: EDRC.
Services, electrical and plumbing consultant: Spectral Consultants (now Aecom), Mumbai.
Website: www.aecom.com
Civil finish: Mivan.
Elevators and escalators: Kone.
Website: www.kone.in; Otis.
Website: www.otis.com
Lights: Philips Lighting.
Website: www.lighting.philips.co.in
Roofing: China mosaic.
Glazing: Glass.
Flooring and tiles: Vitrified and ceramic.
Paints: Low-VOC.

- SERAPHINA D'SOUZA
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