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Paharpur Business Centre – Grow Fresh Air [video]

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Grow fresh air with some some very easily available plants:

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About Paharpur Business Centre

GreenSpaces is an undertaking by the experienced management team of the Paharpur Business Centre & Software Technology Incubator Park (PBC-STIP) and EcoTrust Capital Advisors. Established in 1990, PBC-STIP is a Government of India approved Infrastructure service provider and a private Software Technology Park (STP).

PBC-STIP is one of the first fully serviced office spaces in the country, based on “Green building” and “instant office” concepts. It provides 50,000 square feet of office space in various modules, operates over 28 different in-house support services, and is one of the most sought after commercial spaces in the National Capital Region (NCR). Clients have included – Canon, Microsoft, Intel, Shell, 3M, KFC, Mobil, British Telecom, etc.

It has achieved five international certifications – ISO 9001:2008; ISO 14001:2004; ISO 22000:2005; OHSAS 18001:2007 & SA 8000:2001. PBC-STIP is also a participant to the UN Global Compact. It is rated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Government of India as one of the healthiest buildings in Delhi to work in.

For more information on PBC-STIP is available at

We love great food too :)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Feeding Frenzy at Paharpur Business Centre:

Economic Times- Tackle climate change now: Scientists

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Tackle climate change now: Scientists


New Delhi, 7 July 2009

As leaders of the world’s 13 major countries prepare to meet at the G8+5 summit in Italy this week, 24 leading scientists from these countries have appealed to them to take immediate action to combat climate change.

“We come together to call on our government leaders to recognise both the unacceptable risks that climate change creates for our societies, and the unprecedented opportunities a clean energy, low-carbon transition creates for our economies,” the scientists said in a joint appeal.

The appeal appeared as an advertisement in the International Herald Tribune newspaper Tuesday. The scientists asked the leaders of the industrialised eight and developing five countries to take five specific steps at their summit this week:

  • Recognise that present global warming of 0.8 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels is already having a significant impact, and that warming exceeding 2 degrees Celsius predicted for later this century would create great risks and have irreversible consequences.
  • Commit to peak global greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2020 and reduce these by at least 50 percent relative to 1990 levels by 2050.
  • For developed countries, commit to emissions reductions of at least 80 percent relative to 1990 by 2050 with appropriate intermediate targets set in time for Copenhagen (the next climate summit scheduled this December).
  • For developing countries, commit by Copenhagen summit to significant gains in energy efficiency, reductions in carbon intensity, and cuts in non-carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades; this should be designed to support sustainable development and to lead to substantial reduction from business-as-usual emissions.
  • Recognise that the impacts of existing changes in climate are primarily due to past emissions by developed nations, and that unless the burden of poverty in developing nations is alleviated by significant financial support for mitigation, adaptation, and the reduction of deforestation, that ability of developing countries to pursue sustainable development is likely to diminish, to the economic and environmental detriment of all.

Read the full article here

Financial Express- New govt buildings must be sustainable

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

New govt buildings must be sustainablefinancialexpress

Kamal Meattle, June 4, 2009

The Indian construction sector is growing rapidly at 13%, despite the recession and slowdown in the global economy, contributing 10% of India’s GDP.

Kamal Meattle, CEO, Paharpur Business CentreThe need of the hour is to look at clean and environment friendly construction technologies and this must set the tone of the agenda for the new government. The government must ensure that all new construction, at least all government buildings in the country, is green, and effectively demonstrates the benefits to the private sector.

In the past few years, the concept of green buildings has caught the imagination of the real estate sector. It has been proven over time how a green building can help in reducing operational expenditure by a marginal increase in CAPEX, thereby shoring up the financial bottom line.

The reason why developers do not invest in green buildings is because they don’t run the building and are not aware about the savings in running costs. The buyers of such buildings need to be made aware of this fact and be informed so that they demand buildings with lower running costs from developers.

The slowdown also poses a great opportunity for the construction and real estate sectors in terms of reducing chances of cost overruns and hence it’s attractive to build green now.

Watch Kamal Meattle’s talk from TED U 2009

Friday, March 20th, 2009

(Recorded at TED U 2009, February 2009, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 04:04.)

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