Surat (Gujarat) [India], October 19 : Shree Ramkrishna Export’s (SRK)–one of the leading diamond manufacturing companies in the world–diamond crafting facility ‘SRK Empire’ at Katargam in Surat has been listed in the top six ‘green’ buildings of the world in operational performance.
The SRK Empire became the first in the industry to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification with the Platinum rating for its state-of-the-art facility in Katargam. The diamond crafting facility was inaugurated by Varda Shine, the then CEO of the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) in 2011.
The SRK Empire achieved the LEED Platinum certification status from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2018. It is the first manufacturing facility in India and the Asia region, and also the first in the gems and jewellery sector to be awarded the Platinum rating by USGBC.
Some of the sustainable features at SRK Empire include cavity wall insulation, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, water pressure management system, unifilar magnetic chiller system, etc.
Company sources said the SRK Empire successfully achieved a score of 92 points out of 100 for its operational performance and made it to the top six ‘green’ buildings in the world. The scoring of the building performance was done by Arc Skoru Inc, a technology company affiliated with Green Business Certification, Inc and the USGBC.
SRK Empire used Arc to measure their performance in energy, water, waste, transportation, and human experience, including carbon emissions and indoor air quality. Arc allows spaces, buildings, and entire portfolios to make improvements, measure environmental impact and take steps towards earning LEED certification.