Jayanand Potdar, COO, Godrej Properties
Godrej Garden City is the largest township in India to be cerɵfied at the Plaɵnum level by IGBC. The master plan is by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Jayanand Potdar, COO, Godrej Properɵes Ltd, shares informaɵon on the construcɵon technology used and
Godrej Garden City (GGC) in Ahmedabad has received the IGBC Green Residential Society (IGBC - GRS) Platinum certification. With this achievement, Godrej Garden City becomes the largest township in India to be GRES Platinum certified. The master plan has been created by world-renowned architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), who have also designed numerous landmark projects across the globe such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building.
In 2009, GGC was selected as one of 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.
We have used the latest Mivan construction with the permissible percentage of fly ash in RCC. The project has green parks of approx 2.8 acres that lie in the heart of the north sector. At least 34.4% of site area (29,917 sqm) out of the total 86,956 sqm is landscape area. Most of the species planted are draught resistant.
Other add-ons that have further contributed to the sustainability of the project include the fresh water treatment plant with a capacity of 20 m3 per hour to treat 480 m3 water. The treated waste water generated
from the onsite water treatment system caters to 95% of the landscape’s watering needs. ECS Environment Pvt Ltd will be providing bins at three different locations of Godrej Garden city for the next two years.
Rainwater harvesting calculations indicating the 99.23% of water harvesting onsite, is done by 26 percolation pits with the percolation rate of 40cum/day having a total capacity of 1040 Cu.m. The amount of rainwater runoff is 1048.32 Cu.m.
Facility management groups will take care of the upkeep and maintenance of Landscaping, Housekeeping, Lifts & Elevators, Fire Suppression system and DG Sets. Important planned civic facilities and public utilities will make GGC fully self-sufficient.
• Green housekeeping chemicals used in common areas
to reduce pollution • High SRI (Solar reflectant material) for limiting Urban
Heat Island Effect • All external lights covered to control light trespass and
weather resistant • All buildings designed for differently-abled accessibility • Rainwater harvesting through percolation pits
recharges underground acquifiers • Sub-metering for monitoring building-wise
consumption of energy and water • Only LED street and building lights • Air conditioners in common area are CFC free • Cluster-wise waste management • Fresh water treatment facility for supplying domestic
water compliant to acceptable norms • China mosaic tiles on all roof structures to reduce
heat gain • Aerators for water fixtures in common area toilets and
in flats, dual flush for water closets and shower heads • STP with a capacity of 1000 KLD to treat 1482 KLD of waste water generated on-site for treating 75% of waste water generated • Automatic water level controller and float level
controller in overhead water tanks • CFC free A/C systems in all common area applications and VRF based A/C systems in banquet area • Braille audio assisted lifts with ramps, and designated
parking for differently-abled • Sparse planning with green pockets around buildings