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DuPont achieves top sustainability certification

DuPont was awarded the prestigious LEED Certification in Gold Category for the DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) in Hyderabad, India.  DKC is an integrated science and technology center that does global R&D and Application Development in agricultural, nutrition & health, bio-based industrials and advanced material sciences for India and ASEAN. 

 The award has been granted by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM).  

 Ranjan Patnaik, Director, DuPont Knowledge Centre (DKC) said, “This certification stands testimony to our respect for environment. The energy-efficient design and eco-friendly maintenance features used in the center aim to ‘conserve and preserve’ rather than ‘waste and exploit’ the natural resources, offering a healthier and cleaner environment. We feel honoured to have been recognised for our environmental achievements.”

 In the past year, the team at DuPont Knowledge Centre has consciously employed sustainable practices in its buildings and focused on resource conservation and preservation tactics. This outstanding achievement can also be attributed to DKC’s constant and innovative efforts in improving indoor air quality, using better building materials, conserving energy and reducing water consumption. Few examples of the savings include water reuse through the sewage treatment plant, solar powered lights, LED lights, motion sensors for lighting, exhaust systems and rest rooms, CFC free refrigerant, paper waste recycling and vermin compost and usage of green sealed certified chemicals for house-keeping.

 A premier mark of achievement in green buildings across the globe, LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certified buildings are known to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.

 DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC), Hyderabad, was inaugurated in 2008 and operates in a 25 acre campus in IKP Knowledge Park at Genome Valley near Hyderabad. Over 400 scientists & engineers work at this center. In collaboration with over 10,000 DuPont scientists and engineers around the world, DKC is already LEED Silver certified by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) in March 2010 for successfully achieving the Green Building Standards required under LEED India Green Building Rating system for new construction.