Athens is a new 13-story office and retail building in Ahmedabad, which is one of 100 cities in India to be designated a Smart City under the government’s Smart Cities Mission. Offices, starting at 618 square feet, are available for rent, as is ample retail space. Tenants will enjoy the building’s contemporary features and strategic location.
Athens will utilize resource-efficient design features and technologies to reduce its environmental impact and lower its carbon footprint. A multitude of energy and water saving solutions will be installed, including high thermal performance glass, LED lighting, a VRV cooling system, water-efficient and low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a black water treatment and recycling system. The energy and water savings will lower tenants’ utility bills, reducing their operating costs.
The developer, A.Shridhar Group, brings together a vision of sustainability, power, and thoughtful design in its projects. The architect, 99 Studio, is one of the top architects in Ahmedabad, known for incorporating sustainability into its designs. Working with the engineering team, 99 Studio made design choices that reduced the amount of concrete used in the structure and adjusted the design to be North facing, which reduced the building’s solar gain. By working all together, the developer, architect, and engineers were able to create a sustainable icon for the city.
Athens has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCI. The offices portion of the building has achieved an EDGE Advanced certificate, achieving energy savings of over 40 percent.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, higher thermal performance glass, energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces, lighting controls for corridors and staircases, and occupancy sensors in all bathrooms, conference rooms and closed cabins.
Low-flow faucets for bathrooms, a black water treatment and recycling system, and water-efficient urinals.
In-situ reinforced concrete for the floor and roof and autoclaved aerated concrete blocks for the internal and external walls.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.