LEED On: The Ashok hotel [video]

Geetanjali Prasad

The Ashok hotel in New Delhi, a flagship property of ITDC, holds immense significance in the history of Indian independence. This iconic hotel, among the first and oldest luxury properties in the country, was built to host world dignitaries and high-profile conferences and events. Now, having achieved LEED Gold certification, The Ashok has stepped up to commit even further to environmental sustainability.

The Ashok has embraced LEED by adhering to its rigorous parameters for energy and water conservation, waste management and indoor air quality. This was done by implementing measures like converting to LED lighting and using efficient chillers, natural gas, a sewage treatment plant and rainwater harvesting.

Although the hotel is aiming for a future LEED Platinum certification, it hopes to save Rs 3.6 Crore in the current year in operational savings.

With LEED, The Ashok is not just making a profitable business case, but also building a brand image as an environmentally conscious organization attracting more guests.

Quick facts about The Ashok:

  • It was commissioned by India’s first Prime Minister, Jawarhar Lal Nehru, 60 years ago.
  • It was built by the same team who constructed the historic Lutyen’s Delhi.
  • It is the oldest LEED-certified hotel in Asia.

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