ability starts at the design and concept stage at Inorbit Mall
While there may not be a formalised code for sustainability at malls, the K Raheja Corp’s Inorbit Mall approaches the issue from the design and concept phase. Energy costs are between 40 to 45 percent of the company’s operating cost of its centres in Mumbai, mandating the need to develop and follow energy efficient processes—
The company endeavors to bring the maximum amount of light into the mall to reduce the need for lighting (which therefore positively impacts energy consumption).
The company ensures that the direction of light, from the perspective of absorption of heat, is limited (in order to reduce the strength of air conditioning). Absorption of heat is also dependant on the extent and quality of glass used which the company assesses at the design stage.
The company orders energy efficient equipment such as water cooling systems for air conditioning and variable speed equipment to reduce the load of electricity, which is further closely monitored through extensive use of Building Management Systems.
The company uses vermiculture to recycle biodegradable waste
The company also focuses on water conservation—
– Rainwater harvesting recycles water for gardening, flushing and air conditioning
– An onsite sewage treatment plant recycles water for gardening, flushing and for air conditioning
Case in point 12 - Sustain
Sustainability starts at the design process
Factors for success
A focus on energy efficiency that starts at the design and concept stage minimises errors in development and fitout
A mandate to reduce energy emissions and to conserve water permeates the organisation and is communicated to the company
The company approaches the issue from a holistic perspective that spans energy use, water preservation and conservation, etc.
The company has upgraded its systems at the Inorbit Mall in Malad in order to conserve and preserve energy. Subsequent and future malls have and will comply with the company’s energy efficient practices.
The company also performed a detailed energy audit at the Malad Centre to understand areas of improvement and how to be more energy efficient, moving forward. The company is involved with The William J. Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). The CCI creates solutions to the core issues driving climate change. Working with governments and global and local businesses, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in cities, catalysing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation. Inorbit’s initiative under this program would be the first of such initiatives to reach completion in this part of the world.
(Source: Primary research interview with Inorbit Malls (India) Pvt.Ltd.)