A great moment of pride for our country as India now houses the first full K12 school on the planet to achieve the LEED-EB Platinum rating apart from being the highest rated LEED-EB school on Earth. (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design- Existing Buildings)
Pathways School Gurgaon has been conferred the LEED-EB Platinum by United States Green Building Council.
In securing this rating, Pathways has achieved following landmarks:
- First LEED-EB Platinum Full K-12 School in the world
- Highest rated LEED-EB school in the world
- First LEED-EB Platinum school in India
- First LEED-EB certified school in India
Pathways believe that being an education institution, apart from imparting good all round education, it is their duty to sensitise these children about sustainability and a better world tomorrow. And what is the better way than to make them experience and live a sustainable life. Hence, when they were designing the school which laid all possible emphasis is creating a green campus with zero discharge. While setting this as a target, takling a cue from the traditional Indian architecture where old forts and palaces always remained cool in summers and warm in winters, there were two challenges that they took on:
- To find unconventional simple approaches taking full benefit of natural energies and least infusion of complex technologies;
- To achieve a green architecture saving 8-10% in project cost, in the process wrong proving the general notion that to build green you have to spend about 10% additional.
Thus, started the journey of research and brainstorming. Thinking with an open mind, challenging the present norms of the industry, keeping things as simple as possible, they devised a progress plan and accordingly built the Pathways School Gurgaon Campus as the Highest Rated Green School Building in the World, achieving both the challenges they had started with. And whats more, the same has been recognised by the most premier Green Building Organisation in the world - USGBC.
They believe that this can, and should be the game changer in the way forward for sustainable architecture in the world. The present notion 'to build green you have to cough up about 10% more in the project cost' is a huge block. And as the developers will learn that actually by going green they will save 8-10% in the project cost, there will be no one going not for green!!