Luxury Goes Green At The Stunning, Five-Star ITC Grand Chola Hotel


With 600 rooms, the five-star ITC Grand Chola Hotel is arguably the world’s largest hotel to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) platinum rating by the US Green Building Council.

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Every property of ITC Hotels has been retrofitted, with fixtures such as water-filtration systems and insulated glass to keep heat out while reducing air-conditioning. Its intelligent design also maximises daylight, and upgraded old pumps now function as energy-efficient systems. Compact fluorescent technology is also utilized, with its remarkable use of 75 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs.

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Regarded by many as the international benchmark for eco-friendly buildings, the council’s platinum rating is the highest honour given based on five categories including water efficiency, sustainable sites, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The ITC Grand Chola hotel boasts its very own wind turbines which convert the kinetic energy from the wind to pure, electrical power, and it does not stop there. Its rooftop solar panels powers approximately 25 percent of hot water on the stunning property.

Currently, over 40 percent of the conglomerate’s operations run on renewable energy, but it is a figure that will only increase with recent investments. As of now, water used in its hotels are recycled on site, whilst almost all of its generated waste – whether it is sludge produced from its paper factories or leftover food from its restaurants – is sorted and recycled in external agencies.

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