The Leela Palace New Delhi awarded recognition for green building leadership
June 5, 2012: In recognition of its commitment to environmental protection, The Leela Palace New Delhi is the first new hotel in the capital city to receive the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, LEED Platinum. The prestigious certification was awarded for excellence in sustainable design and integrating world class green best practices by The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), licensed by the internationally renowned U.S. Green Building Council.
The hotel, which has been operational for only a year, earned this mark of excellence for being a stellar carbon-reducing facility with rigourous green standards in all key areas, including ensuring optimum indoor air quality while reducing greenhouse emissions; furnishing each room with ozone-friendly, CFC-free refrigerators and air conditioners for reduction of greenhouse effects; planning a Building Management System to significantly reduce energy wastage; placing energy-efficient insulation on the roof and walls to reduce transmission energy needed to cool the building; reducing water consumption by more than 40 per cent by selecting ‘green’ plumbing, mechanical and lighting systems designed to conserve water and energy; installing a state-of-the-art rain water harvesting plant and using treated waste water for irrigating gardens and lawns; ensuring easy access to public transportation and providing preferred parking for low-emissions and fuel-efficient vehicles.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has, in fact, won numerous national and international awards for its contributions towards environment conservation. Each of their hotels have created ‘green zones’ populated with trees, plants, foliage and landscaped gardens that extend beyond the property premises to benefit the entire neighbourhood.