The Master Plan is designed around an Environmentally friendly Green Campus with a 200,000 sq ft traffic free central park.
The design element:
"Despite its intensely urban and metropolitan quality, Nirlon Knowledge Park has a green heart. The approx. 4 acre traffic free central park is characterized by its terraced landscape and elegantly sweeping curve, while the more than 250 meter long water feature combines with existing venerable old trees, to give the location the quality of an urban oasis."
Quote from Shyam Khandekar, Khandekar Stadsontwerp & Landschapsarchitectuur bv,
the master planner and landscape designer, on the overall master plan design.
Nirlon Knowledge Park is an ecologically friendly environment that people look forward to working in, and which is conducive to retaining skilled, motivated professionals. Extensive green spaces, water bodies, landscaped terraces, and courtyards have been created to ensure that the development has a tranquil, campus like feel. Large trees that have been part of the complex for decades, have also been retained.
What is "Green" Design?
Design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants in five broad areas.
Sustainable site planning
• Safeguarding water and water efficiency
• Energy efficiency and renewable energy
• conservation of materials & resources
• Indoor environmental quality
What is Leed certification? Nirlon Knowledge Park is one of the first campuses of this scale in India to achieve LEED certification. Phases I & II have already been LEED certified to a Gold standard. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. A leading-edge system for designing, constructing, operating and certifying India's greenest buildings. Developed and certified by the Indian Green Building Council and recognized as the highest benchmark of environmental performance all over India.
LEED Benefits:
Reduce the impacts of natural resource consumption
• Minimize strain on local infrastructure and improve quality of life.
• Lower utility costs significantly and improve the bottom line.
• Enhance occupant comfort and health.
• Recognizes corporate awareness and concern for the environment.
A Healthy Workplace
Providing a healthy workplace improves employee satisfaction: Healthy indoor environments can increase employee productivity according to an increasing number of case studies. Since employee costs are by far the largest expense for most companies, (for offices, salaries are 72 times higher than energy costs, and they account for 92% of the life-cycle cost of a building) this has a tremendous effect on overall costs.

Employees in buildings with healthy interiors have less absenteeism and tend to stay with their jobs. The Internationale Nederlanden (ING) Bank headquarters in Amsterdam uses only 10% of the energy of its predecessor and has cut worker absenteeism by 15%. The combined savings equal $3.4 million per year.

References: Heschong, 1999, "Skylighting and Retail Sales: An Investigation into the Relationship Between Daylighting and Human Performance" www.h-m-g.com/Daylighting. • Lenssen and Roodman, 1995, "Worldwatch Paper 124: A Building Revolution". • Green Developments by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
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