Surmount Energy will be an exhibitor at the 9th Green Building Congress, 2011 that will be held at Pragathi Maidan in New Delhi. Surmount has participated in every Green Congress exhibition since 2008 as one of the leaders in the green building industry.
This year Surmount will be presenting solutions and services that enable 'Green Buildings for Life'. The displays and demonstrations will be geared to inform and educate users and enthusiasts about Green Building Design; Monitoring & Controlling Buildings and Managing & Operating buildings to achieve the planned green objectives through the lifecycle of a building in an economical manner.
The exhibition held by The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) will be a three day event from 20th -22nd October located at Asia's largest Green Building Conference and Exhibition, Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi. This year it is expected to have over 150 exhibitors and 2000 delegates, with an expected footfall of 10000+. The conference will be addressed by leading experts on green buildings drawn from India and abroad and will be an excellent opportunity for architects, green products and equipment manufacturers, building consultants, contractors, corporate project managers to update themselves on the latest trends in green building practices across the globe.
Surmount Energy solutions has been contracted by the Sattva Group to offer LEED facilitation and Green Design Services for its up-coming construction project spanning over 20,7878 square meters at Agara. The new project, Sattva Salarpuria IT Park, is a five blocks, twelve storey commercial property constructed within a site area of over seventeen acres and will be located near the Agara lake. Surmount will also be offering Energy modeling, simulation and commission services for Sattva Group's Green IT park.
The project is aiming to attain the highest level of certification under the IGBC's LEED Ratings for Core & Shell. LEED for Core & Shell is a green building rating system for designers, builders, developers and new building owners who want to address sustainable design for new core and shell construction. Core and shell covers base building elements such as structure, envelope and the HVAC system. LEED for Core & Shell is designed to be complementary to the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system, as both rating systems establish green building criteria for developers, owners and tenants.
Sattva is a multi-diversified Group that is into Real Estate Development, Special Economic Zone Development, Infrastructure, Township Development, Facilities Management, and Aero Accessories Business. Headquartered in Bangalore (India's Silicon City), the Group has pan-India presence with branches in Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Pune, Jaipur, and Kolkata.
The Glory of India Award Received by Mr. Khera
Balbir Khera, CEO of Surmount Energy Solutions, has been recognized for his achievements in the fields of sustainable development. Mr. Khera was awarded the Glory of India Award by the Global Achievers Foundation at the Indo-British Friendship Banquet held in London, UK on August, 13th, 2011. The event was attended by the crème de la crème of London including Baroness Sandip Verma, Minister for international Development, House of Lords and Mayor Councilor, Nirmal Gill.
The Global Achievers Foundation is a Non-Profit society aiming to provide a platform for Indians throughout the world. The Foundation highlights the achievements of Indians in India and abroad in their chosen field of activities. The Global Achievers Foundations works on a broad range of trade issues, including sustainable development, environment, training programs, gender equality and the advancement of Women, Governance, International Economic and Social Development, Health and Education, Commerce and Industry.
Says Mr. Balbir Khera, "I am honored to have been recognized by The Global Achievers Foundation, a worldwide association for recognition of achievements of Indian Diaspora. This celebrates our work in the field of Sustainable development."
The Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award
Received by Mr. Khera
On the occasion of 67th birth anniversary of former Indian Prime Minister, Late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, The Citizen's Integration Peace Society bestowed the Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award on Mr. Balbir Singh Khera. The Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani is awarded for exemplary performance in fields of industry, business, public, life administration, social work, education, services and culture. Mr. Khera was honored for outstanding achievements and distinguished services to the nation.
Through the award, The Citizens' Integration Peace Society proposes to inspire people especially younger generations to work for strengthening the nation's integrity and unity as also its development.
The program, held on Friday, 19th August, 2011, at New Delhi was presided over by His Excellency Mr. Shekhar Dutt, Governor of Chhattisgarh. The Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani is yet another feather in the cap for Mr. Khera, who has also been the recipient of the Rashtriya Udyog Rattan, International Kohinoor Award and the Indian Achievers Award, all recognizing his contribution towards the Indian economy in the fields of business and sustainability.
The Students with
Surmount's CEO, Mr. Balbir Khera
Surmount opened up its Green Headquarters to the Interior design Department of at "Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Architecture and School of Interior Design and Decoration, Navi Mumbai" to help them get an overview of Sustainability and its role in the creation of Green Interiors in Existing Buildings.
The course co-coordinators' interest was sparked by Surmount's monthly newsletter, 'Enspire'. He felt that a visit to the company's Green office would be a great way to better engage the students of interior design in firsthand knowledge of Green designing and the outcomes that it delivers.
The students were introduced to Surmount's 'Ten Dimensions of Sustainability' that covers different aspects of Green construction.
Says Nilesh, a student from the group, "We study Green interior designing, but seeing it in practice has helped us relate to these concepts better. It is an amazing experience to so many different aspects of Green Interior Designing deployed in a single place and have them working together."
Surmount's Headquarters is Green on various accounts. The office's unique design lets in natural light while capturing the light's energy to power the office, using roof mounted solar panels. The lighting system primarily consists of ceramic metal halide fixtures and is sensor based, making the entire lighting set up energy efficient. The office is also water efficient, consuming 30% less water compared to industry standards. Sustainable materials, such as bamboo, steel, hardwood/plywood and low or zero VOC paints, primers, finishes etc., have been used at most places.
The three new additions to Surmount's IGBC APs list
Surmount is one of the leaders in the green building space in India. It has encouraged the professionals in its organization to achieve LEED Acccredited Status. Surmount has added another 3 professionals to its IGBC Accredited Professionals. This increases to fourteen, the number of its staff members that have been Accredited by either USGBC, IGBC or GRIHA.
While the IGBC AP examination is not based on any specific rating system, it is designed to test the knowledge of a candidate on green building design and construction. Qualified individuals can be involved in projects registered under the 'IGBC rating programmes' like IGBC Green Homes, IGBC Factory buildings, IGBC Existing Buildings etc., Projects would achieve one credit point under 'Innovation and Design' category if an IGBC AP is part of the project team.
Says Mr. Balbir Khera, CEO, Surmount Energy Solutions, "Having sustainability professionals who are accredited by global agencies allows us to deliver greater value to our clients who are looking for expert guidance on their projects that are going Green. We are proud of our employees who have the aspiration, passion and the motivation to work hard to achieve these accolades."
Mr. Pange, one of the lead
Solar PV specialists at Surmount Energy,
with the Solar Panel set-up on
Surmount headquarter's terrace
Being a pioneer for green and sustainable construction,.and its own office located on the first floor of Belapur station complex being a testament to its commitment, Surmount has introduced a number of green principles in the design of its space and has applied for the USGBC LEED Commerical Interiors rating that it hopes to get shortly. Now, Surmount has added energy generation to its offices, with the installation of 14 solar photo-voltaic panels to support the energy needs of the office through renewable means.
Surmount's solar arrays are installed in the first floor terrace of the company's head office. The capacity of the system is 2.8 kW. The system was designed and implemented by Surmount's Engineers, and the solar panels used were from the Surana Group, based in Hyderabad, India.
Mr. Pange, one of the lead Solar PV specialists at Surmount Energy added that, " The rates at which energy costs are rising in India, solar panels are a great alternative for many offices that have the right insolation level. We expect our payback to be 8 years. It also reduces our use and sizing of our diesel generator and the ever increasing diesel costs that accompany it."
The best part of going solar, according to Surmount Energy's CEO, Mr. Balbir Singh Khera is that, it brings about a change in the outlook of the people working in the office when it comes to energy conservation. "Not only are they happy about using clean energy, but our staff has also become more energy conscious and is looking at different ways to cut down energy consumption," he said.
Mr. Balbir Singh Khera
with the Award
Mr. Khera was honored for his contribution towards sustainable development and entrepreneurism.
Surmount CEO, Mr. Balbir Singh Khera was recently announced as the recipient of the 2011 "Rashtriya Udyog Rattan Award" by the All India Business & Community Foundation (AIBCF) at the 27th Indian Achievers Summit on Global Business Opportunities. The award ceremony was held on March 30, 2011 in New Delhi, India.
AIBCF is a leading non-profit organization responsible for planning and executing strategies to enhance India's position as a global business centre. AIBCF award programs are reputed for the transparent and competitive selection procedures that enabled it to become what it is today.
Mr. Khera says, "I am greatly pleased that AIBCF chose us to be honored for the efforts in the area of sustainability. This is a great motivator for us to work even harder towards our prime goal of creating a sustainable world."
Mr. Khera with the International Kohinoor Award
Surmount's CEO Mr. Balbir Singh Khera was bestowed the International Kohinoor Award
The Global Achiever's Foundation, Thailand awarded Mr. Balbir Singh Khera; "The International Kohinoor Award" for excellent performance and outstanding contribution to Sustainable and Economic Development of the nation and world. The award ceremony was held on 20th May, 2011, at Bangkok. This comes close to the announcement of Mr. Balbir Khera being conferred the Rashtriya Udyog Rattan Award by the All India Business and Community Foundation for promoting Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurism.
Global Achievers Foundation (GAF) is an apex body that promotes and encourages commendable achievements from all over the world. The association regularly organizes international and national seminars level seminars to promote socially responsible business practices and sustainable development in economic as well as social front in India and Thailand.
I'm honored to receive this award," said Mr. Balbir Khera, "Our commitment to sustainability is comprehensive. Promoting sustainable development has not only given us a strong base for our long-term business development but also allows us to focus at a point where the interests of our business and the society intersect, there by allowing us to create value for both."
Global Achievers Foundation plays a key role in maintaining a collaborative relationship between India and Thailand while also encouraging Sustainable Development and Entrepreneurship.
Surmount was recognized for its contribution to Industrial Development and was awarded the 'Indian Achievers Award for Emerging Companies' at the 26th Indian Achievers Summit on 'The Challenges of Economic Growth and Social Development' that was held on November 22nd, 2010, at the Nation's Capital, Delhi.
Surmount is engaged on flag-bearing Energy Efficient and Sustainable Projects across the country. Apart from offering Green Consultancy and Analytical Services, Surmount focuses on developing hardware and software to meet technological requirements of Indian builders and developers. Since its inception 3 years ago, Surmount has been launching many innovative solutions for the construction space at a rapid pace.
As far as Mr. Balbir Singh Khera, CEO of Surmount Energy Solutions is concerned; the Indian Achievers Award is just the beginning. "We have worked hard in this direction", he says, "This award has been given at the National level but we have been getting requests for partnerships and joint-ventures from global organizations"