ISB Mohali, Punjab has been recognised as the newest inductee to the ACREX Hall of Fame 2020 for their commitment to energy-efficient and sustainable infrastructure. ACREX Hall of Fame is an extremely prestigious and sought-after recognition jointly instituted by ISHRAE and Danfoss India in 2015 as an effort to recognise the best practices and to encourage innovation in technology, design and systems to promote the highest standards of energy-efficient HVAC systems in commercial buildings. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the ACREX Expo. This year, the aim of this initiative was to encourage and promote sustainable technologies across all commercial buildings, ranging from universities to large corporate offices. The goal is to give impetus to all commercial buildings to push the envelope in innovative technologies to incorporate energy efficiency and sustainability through the length and breadth of their operations. The other top finalists for ACREX Hall of Fame 2020 were Adobe Systems, Noida; ITC Kohenur, Hyderabad and Vestas Wind Technology, Ahmedabad.
ISB Mohali, an IGBC Platinum-rated campus is spread across 70-acres, of which 14.6 acres has green cover. They have instituted several sustainability and energy-efficient practices across their campus which includes a one-of-a-kind Geothermal HVAC System with zero water discharge.
Sanjay Bajpai, Head, Department of Science and Technology, GoI, said, “Over the last five years, the government has been doubling its efforts to address the issue of climate change. There is, however, greater need to accelerate the cycle of innovation and the approaches to achieve this may be manifold. Public-private partnerships are at the core of this. The industry should be on the driver’s seat, with the unflinching support of the government, to lead the way forward.”
Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India said, “Our cities are the main drivers of the world’s economic output, but they are also massive consumers and account for 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions. Cities need to set ambitious targets for energy efficiency to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. Buildings today account for 40 per cent of the global energy use and half of a city’s emissions, and instituting energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings can cut energy consumption by nearly 30-45 per cent. It is time that more buildings across all cities proactively invest in smart and energy-efficient technologies. The ACREX Hall of Fame was instituted in this very spirit.”