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Saint-Gobain office recognized for Green initiatives

Jul 14, 2017

Saint-Gobain India, the world leader in habitat solutions, has restated its commitment to environmental well-being.

Chennai: For the Chennai corporate office, Saint-Gobain has restated its commitment to environmental well-being by adopting the Arc platform created by GBCI to recertify its LEED Gold rating.

The Chennai corporate office achieved its first LEED Gold certification under the Commercial Interiors category in the year 2013. Through various organizational initiatives on energy, water, waste management, indoor environment quality, the office space is continuously staying green across the five categories of ARC. The office recently obtained re-certification of the ‘Gold’ through the ARC platform and is one among a handful of office spaces to get recertified globally.

The Recertification certificate of LEED Gold was personally handed over to B Santhanam President, Flat Glass - South Asia, Egypt and Malaysia, Saint-Gobain by Mahesh Ramanujam – President, USGBC and GBCI recently in Chennai.

Speaking on the occasion, Santhanam, said, “This LEED recertification is an acknowledgement of the company’s focus on continuous green initiatives. We believe in a sustainably-built work environment, which promotes well-being while enhancing cognitive comfort and quality of life. For us green really is all about enhancing the grey. Under a recent Harvard study, green buildings with enhanced ventilation, superior thermal and acoustic insulation with higher daylight actually doubled the test scores of cognitive functions of the occupants both in the analytical mode and their response during crisis. This company is committed to adapt green solutions be it in our manufacturing, our product offerings or the offices that we operate from, and goes beyond the existing tenets of sustainability by contributing to the grey matter by going green.”

By recertifying this project, company has demonstrated a strong commitment to the health, comfort and wellbeing of the people who will visit this building and to their community at large. This project serves as a model in India and all around the world for how we can create a future that is safe and healthy for our planet and its people, said Mahesh Ramanujam.

The Paris Agreement ratified in 2016 creates amulti-dimensional framework for economies to implementcarbon reduction policies. Saint-Gobain is among the few non-stateactors that signed the Paris Pledge for Action on Climate Change. This momentum was further enhanced at COP22 in Marrakesh in November 2016, where this company was actively involved.

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