Surmount’s CEO, Mr. Balbir Khera will be addressing an audience at the Property Spaces Expo that will be held at the Holiday Inn, Andheri, Mumbai, from the 7th-9th of December 2011.
The Property Spaces India 2011 is a conference that will unveil how commercial and residential developers, architects and interior designers can capitalize on the growing business opportunities in India by implementing more innovative and cost effective construction and design solutions .
The Property Spaces Expo has leading domestic and international architects, interior designers and property developers, making presentations and speaking on the current trends of the construction industry. The conference focuses on the current trends in the building industry including growing demand for varied aesthetic styles, well-planned space management, and cost-effective technology which have resulted in heightened industry pressure to deliver high-profit margins yet cater to the needs of tomorrow's evolving end-user.
Dr. Narendra Bhat, President of Surmount Energy, was a key note speaker at the International Facility Management Expo held last month in Mumbai. The IFM Expo identified Facility Management as one of the main functions of a business and has hosted numerous high level seminars focusing on end users that provide perspectives on how this function adds substantial value to a business
Dr. Narendra Bhat addressed the audience at the IFM Expo on recent technology trends and ways in which they can be harnessed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the facility management process. He focused on the technologies emerging within the areas of Data & Process Management —as well as Automation to enable improvements in Facility Management .
Dr. Bhat’s audience included visitors from all industry verticals such as, healthcare/ hospitality/ Industrial sectors, architectural firms and Building designers and developers.
Dr. Narendra Bhat at the IFM Conference
Surmount will be showcasing BuildTrack—the complete facility management solution at the Integrated Facility Management (IFM) Expo 2011. The IFM Expo will be held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), in Goregaon East, Mumbai, from November 10th to 12th, 2011. Surmount will be exhibiting BuildTrack in Hall Two, Stall B-8.
Apart from showcasing BuildTrack, Dr. Narendra Bhat will also be addressing the audience at the IFM Expo on how technology can be harnessed to improve the quality and efficiency of the facility management process. Dr. Bhat feels that the IFM expo is also the ideal ground to raise the awareness on practices and technologies that could help improve the business economics for the participants of this industry.
The IFM Expo is expected to be a great platform to showcase a range of services, processes and operations, effective delivery models and efficient technologies ensuring cost efficiency to existing and potential customers. The show is expected to have visitors from all industry vertical such as building facility management, healthcare/ hospitality/ Industrial sectors, architectural firms and Building designers and developers. The expo recognizes facility management as one of the functions of a business and will host numerous High level seminars focusing on end users.
Surmount unveiled --BuildTrack™ its software solution for Building Management & Operations, at the Green Building Congress 2011, in New Delhi, last month. The BuildTrack Software Platform release is part of the overall BuildTrack solution that is being designed by Surmount to serve the building industries needs to operate buildings safely, effectively and economically throughout their lifecycle. The BuildTrack™ solution consists of two platforms , the BuildTrack™ Software Platform and the BuildTrack™ Controller that can work either independently or synergistically to deliver the most efficient and economic operations for a space, apartment, building or township. The software supports Management & Operation and the Controller enables the Monitoring & Control aspects.
The BuildTrack software platform is designed to support some of the principal needs of the building including,
• Property and Asset information management
• Facility Management
• Customer Relationship Management
• Disaster Management
• Lease Management
• Surveillance Management
• Energy Metering & Monitoring
• Finance & Inventory Management
• BIM Integration.
Mr. Balbir Khera, CEO of Surmount Energy said, “Successfully operating a property requires all processes that service the building and its customers to be well managed. BuildTrack™ software provides the technology to support such processes and to help the managers to economically service the tenants and assets of a building. Also, Building Automation is one of the key technologies that can help improve the performance of the building and the experience of its occupants. BuildTrack is the single solution that caters to both. And the best part is, BuildTrack components are designed on the concept of open architecture, allowing each module to function exclusively. We have received a great response to BuildTrack in the Green Building Congress in Delhi and are looking forward to showcase it at the upcoming Integrated Facility Management Expo in Mumbai.”
The number of clients Surmount Energy serves surpassed 50 this month. Surmount’s client list includes some big names from both, the public and private sectors such as the Tatas, Wadia Group, CIDCO, The Airport Authority of India, Lokhandwala group, Ackruti City, to name a few.
Surmount offers Green Building Design Services and Solutions for Building Monitoring & Control as well as for Building Management & Operations. The combination of services is intended to enable buildings that are green for their lifetime, operating efficiently and economically.
Says Mr. Balbir Khera, CEO of Surmount Energy, “We are uniquely differentiated from other companies in this space through our ability to enable buildings that are not only designed to be green, but ones that operate as green throughout their lifecycle. The breadth of our capabilities allows us to reach from Design to Building Operation serving as a one-stop shop for the many needs of the building industry in their search for efficient and economical green solutions.”
Some of Surmount's Landmark Projects...
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.
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 Glory of India 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 Rajiv Gandhi Shiromani Award Received by Mr. 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 Students with Surmount's CEO, Mr. Balbir Khera
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.”
The three new additions to Surmount's IGBC APs list
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. Pange, one of the lead Solar PV specialists at Surmount Energy, with the Solar Panel set-up on Surmount headquarter's terrace
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. Balbir Singh Khera with the 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.
Mr. Khera with the International Kohinoor Award
Mr. Balbir Khera delivered a presentation on the Economics of Energy Efficiency at the 4th Renewable Energy Finance Forum – India held on 24th & 25th of May, 2011, in New Delhi . Mr.Khera spoke about the current energy consumption scenario in India, scope for improvement and commonly existing hurdles in achieving energy efficiency in India. He provided recommendations for energy savings and renewable energy promotion to various institutions including the Government, Energy Service Companies and Investors.
The Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) series was launched in 1999, by Euromoney Energy Events and has since grown into a portfolio of internationally renowned events that take place annually in seven cities spanning Europe, the US, Asia and Latin America. These include REFF Wall Street (New York), REFF India (New Delhi) and REFF West (San Francisco). These events are attended by over 2000 delegates from over 500 companies and over 60 countries. The events set stage for energy majors and developers to showcase their solutions on how renewable energy market should move forward. They also allow policy makers to review their strategies and financial players to explain their perspectives and goals for capital expenditure in this sector.
Surmount has accepted 12 students from The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad for summer internship training. Surmount offers these students a chance to learn and practice in the Green Building Industry. The internship offers them these students the opportunity to work on landmark green projects from some of the leading developers around the country. They will have a chance to be hands on in areas of Building Performance Simulation where they will learn to simulate Energy, Lighting, Acoustics and other elements of a building to study its performance under various conditions. They will also learn about engineering various systems in a building such as HVAC, Lighting, Renewable Energy etc. from a sustainability perspective. They will work to help these buildings achieve LEED, GRIHA and other related certifications.
Mr.U.C. Mehta, General Manager at Surmount Energy says, “The future of the construction industry lies in sustainability. Since there’s a dearth of formal training institutes and collages that provide students an in-depth, on-the-floor exposure to Sustainable Construction, we decided to open up Surmount to engineering interns. By allowing them to view the functioning of the Green Building Industry up-close we hope that they will absorb the fundamentals governing the Green Building Industry and the Economics of it.”
On their part the students are excited about being a part of Surmount’s internship program this year. Says Panini, one of the interns,”From day one of training at Surmount, we can see how passionate they are about Green. Everyone from the CEO, Mr. Khera and our trainers are passionate about what they do, and their energy is infectious.” The students are also excited by the fact that they get to explore the varied techniques and technologies employed in Surmount’s own Green office. Harikrishna, another intern, remarks, “Surmount actually practices what it preaches...”
Green is fast becoming a way of life and Surmount is hoping to help the new generation to think, work and create sustainable buildings.
BITS Pilani Interns during a Training Session at Surmount
Surmount’s CEO Mr. Balbir Singh Khera was a key-note speaker at the The Sleep Event India 2011, a premier event for the global hotel design, development and architecture industry, that took place from 12-13 May 2011 at The Westin Mumbai Garden City, in Mumbai. The SLEEP event’s focus is to facilitate networking and knowledge sharings in Hotel Design, Development and Architecture. The SLEEP events have a reputation of being world class and have been running in Europe for almost a decade with a strong following of award winning hotel designers, architects and developers from across the globe.
The event had over 100 senior and influential representatives of the Indian hotel industry attending. Mr. Khera spoke on the topic of ‘Integrating water conservation into green design strategy to support the efficient consumption of critical resource’.
Says Mr. Khera, “With India’s travel and tourism sector booming, the hospitality industry is experiencing immense growth. With an estimated 900,000 branded hotel rooms required to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers over the next 5 years, it is expected that this industry will grow manifolds in the coming years. This scenario opens up new opportunities for the Green hotel design and Green hotel architecture. Not only are hotels designed on Green principles good from the environment point of view, but the cost-effective design techniques can boost the hotel chain’s brand value in terms of green credentials and optimize operational resource utilization.”
Surmount partnered with TERI and MEDA at Krishidhan 2011 to demonstrate a working Wireless Energy Monitoring System in operation.
The working display of the system was created in the ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Pavilion’ at the Exhibition. The display was part of a green farm house walk-through model that was created to demonstrate the GRIHA Green rating system. The house was setup to receive energy from a Hybrid Wind-Solar Renewable Energy System (also setup by Surmount Energy) and from a conventional 3 Phase electric supply. The BuildTrack wireless monitoring system was setup to monitor the energy generation at the renewable energy sources as well as the energy consumption points with the green house display. The data collected was beamed wirelessly by the BuildTrack appliance to the remote monitoring point where the energy consumption was displayed.
GRIHA’s motto is ‘What gets Measured gets Managed’. In keeping with this theme, BuildTrack was able to demonstrate that green buildings can quickly and efficiently setup was to monitor their energy generation and consumption so that they can take necessary action to improve their energy footprint.
Surmount Energy's CEO Mr. Balbir Singh Khera, addressed the audience on the impact on GRIHA standards on energy consumption and measurement. “We need to find ways in which building owners and tenants can easily understand and quantify the benefit of green, BuildTrack is our means of making that happen”, said Mr. Balbir Khera.
Surmount’s BuildTrack Wireless Energy Monitoring at Krishidhan 2011
Surmount’s CEO Balbir Khera demonstrates the BuildTrack Wireless Energy Monitoring
Click here to view a video of Surmount's Wireless Energy Monitoring System, BuildTrack in action at Krishidhan, 2011
Surmount partnered with TERI and MEDA at Krishidhan 2011 to demonstrate a working Wind-Solar Renewable Energy Hybrid in operation.
The working display of the system was created in the ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Pavilion’ at the Exhibition. The display was part of a green farm house walk-through model that was created to demonstrate the GRIHA Green rating system. The system demonstrated was a 1kW wind-solar hybrid energy supply unit which supported the lighting and fan load of the green farm house. Surmount also integrated BuildTrack, its indigenously developed wireless energy monitoring system to track the energy performance at the generation points and also at the energy consumption points.
Surmount Energy's CEO Mr. Balbir Singh Khera, addressed the audience on the impact on GRIHA standards on energy consumption and measurement.
Non-Conventional Energy Minister Ganesh Naik (Maharashtra),
at Surmount's Booth
Surmount’s Wind-Solar Working Exhibit at Krishidhan 2011
We welcome Matoshree, Runwal, Bombay Dyeing and India Bulls into the Surmount family. These eminent corporates have chosen Surmount to help them meet the regulatory requirements of the High Rise Committee.
Surmount was in-charge of facilitating the Matoshree Group's up-coming residential project of 27 floors at Mulund East, Mumbai, meet the High-rise committee regulations.
Surmount also conducted all the analyses and studies declared mandatory by the High Rise Committe for Runwal group’s Runwal Anthurium—a 4 building high-rise residential project, at Mulund West, on LBS Marg.
Surmount was contracted by the Textile Giant Bombay Dyeing to provide Green Design Services for their new construction project—The Island City Centre at Dadar, Mumbai. Surmount also formulated Indoor air prediction and mitigation plan and Tenant Sustainable Guidelines for the residential tower.
Surmount also facilitated India Bulls’ Sky Suite—a 68 storyed residential project at Lower Parel to meet the High-Rise Committee requirements.
Indian Green Building Council recently declared ACC Cement’s Chandrapur at Chanda Cement Works as "LEED India Platinum" rated Building. ACC Cement’s Chandrapur building scored 56 out of the total of 69 points.
Surmount Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. had performed Energy and Daylighting Analysis for ACC’s Chandrapur building. The building gained 9 out of the 10 total points that are allotted under Energy & Atmosphere credit-1. Surmount’s studies showed that ACC will enjoy an incremental cost saving of 40.12 %, compared to ASHRAE 90.1 baseline buildings.
ACC Building also attained 2 points under the Daylighting and Views credits. Surmount’s studies showed that the building attained 100% visibility and 89.9% daylighting.
In India, there are very few industrial buildings that have the rare distinction of Platinum, which is the highest rating in Green construction category, and the Central Control Room Building at ACC Chanda Plant, Maharashtra is the first of its kind in an industrial environment.
Surmount Energy Solution’s CEO, Mr. Balbir Singh Khera was a Keynote speaker in GRIPel’s ‘Energy Efficiency for Facilities & Buildings’ event held in Mumbai on the 25th & 26th of February, 2011. The forum included experienced professionals from the field of facility management as well as key members of the Indian corporate realm.
Mr. Khera spoke about the importance of energy efficiency and the means in which it can be attained. One of the areas that he touched upon was that, Green doesn’t have to be expensive and can generate savings and quick paybacks. Says Mr. Khera, “The conference was a great forum to intiate discussions amongst professionals in the field on the important issue of energy efficiency in operation, we, at Surmount would like to see more of such programs in the future and be a part them.”
Gripel is emerging as one of most preferred providers in business forums and exclusive training workshops for senior decision makers in corporate business. Over the years, Gripen has been associated with some of the world leaders in business intelligence, and is in constant contact with global leaders to develop strategic content for their highly interactive business sessions.
Construction activity has it own set of challenges. These include ensuring the project is on schedule, site materials are secure and safety regulations are followed. In a bid to resolve these issues, Surmount Energy, has launched SiteTrack—a web-based, collaborative online Construction Project Surveillance Software Tool that allows owners, developers, engineers, contractors and architects involved in the project to instantaneously and frequently review the construction jobsite and the ongoing construction activity.
SiteTrack offers 24/7 live streaming video based surveillance. While the system is equipped with Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), it also supports on-line storage of archival footage at remote-location, thus providing on-demand, internet/3G enabled-based access to the surveillance videos. Another exciting feature of SiteTrack is that, it allows the user to remotely control the surveillance cameras in terms of pan, zoom and tilt.
The system has been installed on various project sites and also facilitates collection of time-driven documentary evidences for LEED, GRIHA and other Green Certifications. Lokhandwala Infrastructure is one of the users of SiteTrack. Says Mr. Vikram Pillai, Vice President, Operations at Lokhandwala Infrastructure, “We have installed SiteTrack to monitor two of our sites including an upcoming 85 storey building project. Using outdoor cameras, digital video recorders and web-based monitoring application to monitor and manage our construction project at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, we have been able to inject efficiency to our operations and minimize travel to the sites.“
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 ye
ars 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”
Surmount Energy, one of the leading providers of Sustainable services and solutions in India, has moved into its new, Green headquarters in Belapur. The new office has been designed with Green concepts at the core and is in the process of achieving LEED Certification for Green Commercial Interiors from the USGBC.
Adopting a holistic approach towards sustainability, Surmount 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.
“Most of the materials have also been sourced locally so as to reduce carbon footprints related to material transportation. Also, by relying on sustainable materials, we have diverted a lot of construction waste”, says the CEO, Mr. Balbir Singh Khera. “Surmount has been engaged in providing Sustainable solutions and services to the building and construction industry, for quite some time, but our new Headquarters is truly a great step towards Sustainability”.
The opening ceremony of Surmount's new, Green office at Belapur.
The Surmount Headquarters is open to visitors on weekends and promises to provide an enhanced, eco-friendly experience to all who stop by.
Surmount Energy showcased its Green solutions at The National Conference on Green Design: Buildings and Habitats, an exhibition promoted by the MNRE (Ministry of Non-Renewable Energy, India) and GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment). The exhibition was held at the nation’s capital, New Delhi on the 7th and 8th of January 2011.
Surmount had its innovative Green Construction solutions—GreenTrack, SiteTrack and BuildTrack on display at the exhibition. Surmount’s stall was visited by many prominent personalities including Dr Farooq Abdullah, Honourable Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI. The Surmount stall saw a sizable crowd of experts, practitioners and stakeholders who were into Green allowing interaction with a wide and diverse community working on the macro and micro aspects of green development.
“The conference was said to be a unique platform for knowledge sharing in different domains of green building industry, and it truly lived up to that reputation,” said the Mr. Balbir Singh Khera, CEO, Surmount Energy Solutions.
Mr. Balbir Singh Khera, CEO of Surmount Energy with Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Honourable Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI.
Surmount partners with Echelon Corporation to provide project management, system integration, engineering development and help create the platform for open systems in India.
Echelon Corporation is an American company which designs control networks to connect machines and other electronic devices, for the purposes of sensing, monitoring and control.Echelon's LonWorks platform for control networking was released in 1990 for use in the building, industrial, transportation, and home automation markets. Launched in 2003, Echelon's Networked Energy Services system is an open metering infrastructure.Echelon is based in San Jose, California, with international offices in China, France, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, and The United Kingdom.
Visit www.echelon.com for more information
Surmount has been associated with Green Building projects across the globe and has built a large repository of "Best Practices" and "Shared Experiences". For us, Sustainability is always about sharing since we all will have to work in close collaboration to leave a better world for our children. Surmount takes on the initiative of spreading this message across the nation through Institutes of Sustainable Technology in every major city of the country. Through SIST , we focus on providing education and outreach for creation of buildings that are energy efficient, water efficient and that preserve the environment. We operate training centres that hold seminars and training programmes in concordance and furtherance to our objectives.
We work with individuals and corporate clients to promote the construction of buildings that are sustainable and healthy to live and work. SIST seeks to assist schools and colleges, by providing all type of assistance through workshops and participation programs, consultancy services, ideas and information published in articles, books, and on the World Wide Web.
We aim to be the premier outreach centre for communications, information and knowledge transfer in the field of sustainable development.
Surmount Energy Solutions and Quantum Automation unveil partnership to provide Integrated Solutions for environmental control, automation, life-safety and energy management systems in India.
About Quantum Automation:
Quantum Automation is an ISO certified company fully committed to improve the quality of life and environment by offering its integrated management system as well as provide customers with quality products and services, namely:
Visit www.qa.com.sg for more information