On Monday ITC Hotels said that it’s Welcomhotel Amritsar is now Punjab’s ‘First LEED-certified hotel’ under the patronage of USGBC (US Green Building Council). The chain said, spread across eight acres, Welcomhotel Amritsar has been rewarded with a platinum rating under LEED 2011 for India New Construction program.

ITC Hotels said that Welcomhotel Amritsar had received the rating accordingly on the basis of:

Energy efficiency by using 33% less energy, reducing the water consumption by 46%, developing a rainwater harvesting capacity of 30% of the peak rainfall, and reducing the cooling demand with over 75% of roof area covered with high solar reflective index tiles besides other sustainable initiatives.

Executive Director at ITC Nakul Anand,  said that “ITC Hotels is committed to sustainable business practices. As per USGBC built to LEED or LEED equivalency doesn’t exist there is no substitute to LEED certification. This is a proud moment for the Welcomhotel brand. Green buildings are energy efficient, utilize renewable energy, conserve, and recycle water while taking concrete steps to preserve the eco-system around them. Our commitment to responsible luxury has given ITC Hotels the unique distinction of being the greenest luxury hospitality chain in the world.”

ITC Hotels has stated its “ITC Gardenia hotel in Bengaluru is the first LEED platinum-certified hotel in the Asia Pacific (2009) while ITC Maurya was the first hotel in the world to be awarded the LEED platinum rating in the existing building category. ITC Grand Chola was the largest LEED-certified hotel in 2012.”

ITC Hotels currently owns around 15 hotels under the Welcomhotel brand. The brand Welcomhotel currently has a portfolio of 15 hotels with over 1800 keys and

16 hotels in the pipeline, adding over 1600 keys.

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The Giant Firm chain said that the various parameters ranging from energy efficiency, water efficiency to sustainable site development, indoor environmental quality, and materials and resources are verified for the LEED Platinum rating.