Weather & Indoor Air Quality
In order to develop a healthy working environment, it is vital to not only understand the existing indoor air quality within the facility but also the air quality in its immediate surroundings. The IIHS Bengaluru City Campus (BCC) is equipped with an outdoor weather station to monitor outdoor conditions while indoor areas are monitored with air quality sensors located within the building.
Energy & Emissions
The IIHS Bengaluru City Campus is located in Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru. The facility spans a total floor area of approximately 2100 sq. m divided across a basement, five floors and a terrace garden. As part of the building management system, an energy monitoring setup consisting of 31 energy metres monitors and tracks energy usage across end-use categories including air conditioning, lighting, etc. as well as floor-wise consumption. The energy usage for February 2019 was 11.08 MWh which is equivalent to an Energy Performance Index (EPI) of 5.26 kWh/m2/month. The GRIHA EPI benchmark for Institutional/Academic buildings is around 7.5 kWh/m2/month. Currently most commercial buildings in India operate at 10.5 kWh/m2/month. The resulting CO2 eq. emissions for electricity and transport is 9.2 TCO2 for February 2019.
Managing and conserving water resources begins with careful monitoring of building usage. This is achieved through ultrasonic sensors installed at major end-use points. Any significant spikes in water consumption results in alerts being generated. Water consumption is tracked across major end-use categories such as hand wash, washrooms, drinking and landscaping use. The water usage for February 2019 is at 166 kilolitres, which is equivalent to a daily per capita water use of 45 litres.
Waste Management & Composting
IIHS has established an internal waste management programme for both dry and wet waste. Hasiru Dala, a Bengaluru-based service provider helps with the responsible management of the dry waste, which is semi-segregated at the Bangalore City Campus (BCC) facility before undergoing further segregation and processing. Wet and food waste is composted at the IIHS guest house, a few kilometres away from the IIHS BCC facility. The compost is used in the IIHS vegetable gardens, which yield a variety of produce used while preparing lunch for the staff.
Terrace Garden & Biodiversity
IIHS Bengaluru City Campus urban terrace garden is rich in biodiversity while experimenting with new methods of sustainable urban farming methods. This along with the organic vegetable garden at the Kengeri campus, a considerable amount of food is grown. This produce is used at the IIHS kitchens from where lunch is served each day for IIHS Staff members. The IIHS BCC campus where along with the terrace garden has a variety of indoor plants, vertical gardens and potted plants that are high in biodiversity with a Simpson biodiversity index of 0.112.