Measurement and assessment of Indoor environment quality (IEQ) in office buildings is now essential for modern competitive businesses. Research has linked IEQ to occupant health and comfort. Investors realise the social responsibilities of sustainability.
The Australian Government initiated the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) to benchmark the performance of buildings. NABERS initially launched its NABERS Indoor Environment (IE) tool in 2009 as the world’s first performance-based tool of its kind with ratings based on objective measurements of thermal comfort, lighting, air quality and acoustics, as well as controlled measurements of occupant satisfaction with the indoor conditions in offices. The number of ratings is growing rapidly across Australia.
CETEC, a professional scientific consultancy, has been travelling to India on trade missions through the Victoria Government since 2010, and Managing Director Dr Vyt Garnys has presented widely on the topic of IEQ, including key invited presentations to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) conferences and rating of an advanced building in Mumbai.
In 2014, CETEC was commissioned by Breathe Easy, New Delhi, to undertake an IEQ assessment of the Paharpur Business Centre (PBC). The assessment was to be conducted in accordance with the NABERS IE Validation Protocol. In early 2015, the PBC was awarded a NABERS IE Whole Building Rating of 4 Stars. NABERS outlines that this reflects a “Very good indoor environment: This office demonstrates strong indoor environmental performance reflecting good equipment selection, operation and management.” This is highly significant and commendable for a retrofitted office building.
Not only was the PBC awarded a 4 Star rating, but it was the first NABERS IE rating to be conducted outside of Australia. It has demonstrated the potential of this unique IEQ performance tool from Australia being applied in other countries and cultures.
A formal presentation of the NABERS IE certificate and NABERS plaque will be made to Mr Kamal Meattle, CEO and the team at PBC on the 6 May 2015.
Mr Bruce Murphy, Industry & Science Counsellor at Australian High Commission to India will read out a message from Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There will also be delegated representation for the New South Wales administered NABERS office indicating the high esteem and significance of this milestone project that will assist in developing the wellbeing and productivity of office based industry in India.
To read the the Media Release from NABERS