Sri Lanka focusing on greener development

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Sri Lanka is no stranger to the topic of sustainability; but according to The Nation website, as the country pushes forward its industrial and economic growth, it is now in an ideal position to make energy efficiency a core part of the major construction that is taking place.

Building developers here are already keen on adopting greener practices - the Green Building Council has been in place since 2009, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and 'Green SL' rating systems are already being used.

One example of a green project in Sri Lanka is the Brandix factory in Seeduwa, to the west of the island. The factory, which has received international acclaim for its eco-friendly manufacturing processes, was the first apparel factory in the world to be granted an ISO 50001 certification for its energy management. In addition to this, the building was the first of its kind to obtain a platinum rating from the LEED system.

Further examples include the Iceland Business Centre in Colombo 3, which also has a platinum award and LEED certification; and the LEED certified, gold-rated Hirdaramani factory in Vavuniya, which has an ongoing commitment to 'going green' and updating its existing facilities.

Another notable building is MAS Intimates – Thurulie, constructed under Marks & Spencer's Plan A eco scheme. This facility was the first purpose-built green apparel manufacturing factory in the world, and received LEED platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

Of course, there are numerous advantages of creating sustainable and energy-efficient buildings, which benefit both the developer and the occupier.

Despite fears about high costs, over the lifetime of a green project the savings made from boosting operational efficiency will surpass the initial costs. What's more, having more efficient processes will improve employees' working environment and, at the same time, make them more productive.

As the article notes, Sri Lanka has started off on the right foot when it comes to creating more energy-efficient buildings. If more regulatory frameworks are now put in place, the country could grow its industry even further while being kind to its environment, its workers and its bottom line.

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