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The Ashok becomes India’s first government-owned, five-star hotel to earn LEED Gold Certification for existing buildings

The Ashok becomes India’s first government-owned, five-star hotel to earn LEED Gold Certification for existing buildings PDF Print E-mail

 

The Ashok becomes India’s first government-owned, five-star hotel to earn LEED Gold Certification for existing buildings

The Ashok, with a history dating back 60 years, is the oldest
hotel property in Asia to achieve LEED Certification.

New Delhi, 16th February, 2017- India Tourism Development Corporation’s (ITDC) flagship property, The Ashok, has been awarded LEED Gold certification under LEED: Building Operations and Maintenance.

During a special ceremony at The Ashok, the internationally recognized LEED plaque and certificate were presented to Shri. Umang Narula, Chairman and Managing Director of ITDC, by Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Executive Officer and President of both the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).

 

With this certification, The Ashok became the first government-owned existing commercial building in India to be LEED Gold certified under this LEED rating system for existing buildings, and also the oldest hotel property in Asia to earn any level of LEED certification.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri. Umang Narula said, “It’s a proud moment for all of us at ITDC. In particular, I would like to congratulate each and every member of The Ashok for their contribution and dedication towards excellence and innovation to make this certification possible. These awards intend to inspire others towards similar big achievements.”

 

The Ashok LEED project team that made this achievement possible includes Ms. Payal Rastogi, a LEED consultant from CarbonFixers, and the very talented Mr. Suresh Chandra, Deputy General Manager, Engineering Division, The Ashok.

 

LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues.

 

The Ashok was recognized on the basis of sustainable excellence in Design, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Material & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality. The building is designed in a Vernacular Indian style, applying the local building techniques prevalent at the time of construction. This style promoted the use of energy efficient techniques in the envelope. The Hotel has a long-standing tradition of preserving natural habitat and using local materials. It was built in the early 1950s, when sustainable construction practices were widely applied and respecting ecology was human nature. Today, as a structure of historical importance and national significance, The Ashok continues its legacy of conserving both environment and placing strong value on its heritage.

 

Since its commissioning the hotel has hosted many prestigious events, catering to distinguished personalities from politics and business, as well as travelers from around the world.

About India Tourism Development Corporation

ITDC was incorporated in 1966 with a mandate to develop and expand tourism infrastructure in the country. The Corporation has been moving ahead with consistent efforts on development, growth and world-class services and amenities to its guests. Apart from running Hotels the ITDC has diversified into non-hotel sectors like Ticketing, Tours and Travels, Event Management, Duty Free Shopping, Publicity & Printing Consultancy, Engineering Consultancy, mounting Sound & Light Shows, Hospitality education and skill development– all under one roof.