City Architectural Firm Wins Prestigious International Award

Top Quote Bangalore: City based architect firm, Venkataramanan Associates (VA) has won the prestigious Emerson Cup Award, 2010 in the New Buildings Category for the 140,000 sft. Kirloskar Brothers Corporate Office - Yamuna, at Baner in Pune. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 30, 2010 - This is also the first Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Platinum certified building in Pune, the apex certification in green and sustainable buildings. The Emerson Cup Award is further recognition of the innovation and energy efficient design that VA has used in the architectural and building engineering systems for this corporate office.

    The Award recognizes VA's efforts in ensuring good usage of daylight and shading devices in the architectural design, a highly efficient air-conditioning system, provision for alternate energy systems, rainwater harvesting, use of recycled materials, all of which were integrated into a building of high aesthetic standards that has now become a landmark in Pune's architectural landscape.

    At the Award ceremony held by the Green Building Congress in Chennai, it was emphasized that the Emerson Cup is a platform to recognize leadership in the building industry, promote the development of highly efficiency buildings and provide architects and building engineering designers with an opportunity to showcase their work.

    Instituted by Emerson Climate Technologies in Hong Kong, the Emerson Cup has become a coveted Asian prize and is a powerful platform in recognizing outstanding leadership and talent in the architectural and building engineering industry for innovative, energy efficient and environment friendly design and for promoting the development of highly energy efficient buildings.

    It is now a proven fact that buildings contribute to global warming as much as emissions from factories and vehicles do. Buildings account for as much as 50% to 60% of all energy consumed with air-conditioning, cooling and heating, accounting for the majority of end-use energy. It also accounts for significant carbon dioxide emissions and can use as much as one-third of all the water consumed within an economy.

    In a bid to overcome some of these rising environmental concerns, the Emerson Cup Award seeks to inspire architects, building engineering designers and students to come up with technologically innovative designs. Today, the Emerson Cup has become a crucial platform to share best practices and latest information in green building technologies among industry peers.

    VA has been an active player in this arena, having already done 7 LEED certified buildings with two more in the pipeline. Headquartered out of Bangalore since 1970, the Firm works on a diverse set of projects, both in India and abroad, ranging from offices and residential buildings, to laboratory and manufacturing complexes, to educational campuses and public spaces for several large Indian and international corporate entities as well as some of the biggest real estate developers in the country.

    Commenting on the award, Mr. V. Narasimhan, Architect Principal, Venkataramanan Associates, says, "Long before it became a buzz word, VA was committed to green building and sustainable design and many of the buildings that we designed even a decade ago would qualify for a LEED certification today. This award not only underscores our continuing commitment to the environment but has also motivated us to further innovate on sustainable design. We look forward to creating many more green buildings into the future."

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