A LEED Platinum Building in New Delhi? maybe not so …

These are pictures taken in 2005 during a visit to one of the first LEED ‘Platinum’ building in India.

The roof.  Unmaintained solar panels.
The roof., unmaintained solar panels.

The solar panels on the roof are completely ineffective thanks to the lack of maintenance. There were probably never cleaned after the inauguration and the company received its LEED certificate.

The basement- well maintained and running Genset
The basement- well maintained and running Genset

In the basement, however, there were these three shiny diesel generators running at full throttle. New Delhi has often brownout and the company had to keep the air conditioning running.

Inside- the real power
Inside- the real power

Finally, we found the real source of energy – in the company gym.

The name of the company? British American Tobacco (BAT). Sustainable cigarettes for India!