Hyatt Regency Delhi gets the LEED Platinum Certification from GBCI
Hyatt Regency Delhi owned by Asian Hotels (North) has received the highest environment sustainability certification – LEED Platinum – from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the body which is mandated by the US Green Building Council to certify Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects, thus becoming the first Hyatt property in the world to get the highest green building certification.
A plaque and certificate to this respect was presented to Shiv Jatia, Chairman & Managing Director of the Hotel company by Gopalakrishnan P, Managing Director – Asia Pacific & Middle East, GBCI at an event held in the hotel today.
As a LEED Platinum 5-Star Hotel, Hyatt Regency Delhi is now recognised on the basis of excellence in sustainable design, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in operations. The property is also committed to reduce light pollution. All facade, external and landscape lights are selected and mounted in a way that lets minimal light into the sky. The building envelope was also designed in a manner that does not let excessive indoor light outside. The vernacular architecture also emphasized the usage of local materials, which were easily available and suitable for a particular region and which also results in low maintenance.
Hyatt Regency Delhi is also the only building in Delhi NCR to receive GREEN POWER transmission. Now more than 75 percent of the electricity comes from Green Hydro Power among the many innovations under the LEED project timelines.
Terming the LEED Platinum certification of Hyatt Regency Delhi, a 35-year-old hotel property in the heart of the city, as a perfect “case study” which can inspire many in the future, Gopalakrishnan said that they will showcase the example of the Hyatt Regency to the world. He said that getting such Green Building certifications matter so much in the travel and tourism business considering 51% of the business travelers prefer to stay and hold meetings in hotels which give weightage to environment and sustainability and about 75% corporate have revealed preference for Green venues for their conferences.
The hotel had all the systems and practices in place which was in consonance with the standards that GBCI prescribed, said Suman Majumder, Vice President – Engineering, Asian Hotels (North). “We just got it evaluated and certified it now,” he added.
“It is of course a proud moment for all of us, especially as we are the first hotel to receive this certification within the Hyatt family. With this, Hyatt Regency Delhi establishes itself as one of the few global leaders for energy and environment design,” said Aseem Kapoor, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Delhi.