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Brandix HQ bags Green Mark–Platinum certification
Dec '15
The headquarters building of one of the biggest Sri Lankan apparel exporters, the Brandix Group has been awarded the Green Mark – Platinum certification by the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB).

“This makes it the first commercial building in Sri Lanka to receive this rating, developed by the Building Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore to assess Green buildings,” a Brandix press release said.

The milestone award presented to Brandix by Special Projects Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama, is the second won by the building within a month.

In November, the Brandix head office received the Gold at the National Energy Efficiency Awards.

According to the press release, the Green Mark recognises achievements in four key environment related indicators and a general category.

In the assessment for the Green Mark – Platinum, the building was rated on energy efficiency, water efficiency, sustainable operations and maintenance, indoor environment quality and other green features and innovations.

The building received an overall score well above the 90 required to qualify for Platinum, the highest Green rating possible under the scheme.

“Our new headquarters building is a perfect representation of the Group's deep-rooted commitment to sustainability,” Brandix Director Feroz Omar said.

“The latest in technology was utilised to minimise its environmental footprint, and the two awards won in the space of a month are a fitting recognition and a new benchmark for Green office buildings in Sri Lanka,” he too added.

Commissioned in March 2015, the eight-storey, 37,800 square foot Brandix headquarter building has 29,783 square feet of air conditioned office space and accommodates approximately 200 people.

The extensive use of double-glazed, Argon-filled, black tinted self-cleaning glass walls gives the structure improved thermal insulation and a high solar reflectance index, keeping its interiors cool.

Daylight harvesting is facilitated by a high window to wall ratio, the use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting controlled by a smart system that switches on and adjusts lux levels based on ambient light and occupancy.

A highly energy-efficient water-cooled and oil free magnetic bearing air conditioning system, all integrated into a series of sophisticated intelligent building management systems, enable significant savings in energy consumption.

The Group was also recognised as Sri Lanka's 'Organisation Committed to Green' by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) in 2014. (AR)

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