1st November 2023, Chennai: Danfoss, an industry leader in energy efficiency and climate technologies and ISHRAE conducted the flagship ‘ACREX Hall of Fame Spotlight’ at ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad in presence of Chandrasekar N S, National President, ISHRAE, Madhur Sehgal, Head- Danfoss Climate Solutions, nominees across various industries and Danfoss & ISHRAE representatives.
Danfoss and ISHRAE (Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers) instituted the ACREX Hall of Fame (HOF) to identify & recognize iconic green commercial building projects in India that have set global standards in energy efficiency and sustainability. The aim is also to further encourage the Indian infrastructure industry to utilize these inspiring best practices towards engineering tomorrow’s India. The ACREX Hall of Fame Spotlight event is a build-up for the Grand finale on Feb 16, 2024, at IEML, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.
The nomination process for 2024 HOF participation has started and registrations are on, through Spotlight events as well as online promotions and referrals. The entries will go for initial scrutiny and shortlisting by the ISHRAE Technical Committee. The final selection of the inductee to the Hall of Fame is done by a strong cross-functional jury consisting of eminent personalities from the field of HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning& Refrigeration), Government, Architecture, and the Building Industry. ACREX HOF link is now open for nominations in commercial buildings sectors, across the length and breadth of the country.
Chandrasekar N S, Immediate Past President- ISHRAE said, “The ACREX Hall of Fame (HoF) instituted by ISHRAE and Danfoss has set a high benchmark in recognizing the iconic green buildings of India based on energy performance in different verticals like HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning& Refrigeration), water & natural lighting, vertical transportation, plumbing, external façade and many more. The best part of assessment is that the operational energy performance standards are considered throughout the entire life cycle cost of the capex. This is the true index of sustainability and energy efficiency of the infrastructure.”
Recently, Telangana government signed largest district cooling project in Asia which is now seen as a model for prioritizing cooling as a key action area through cool roof policies and energy-efficient district cooling. As India is witnessing rapid growth in the infrastructure sector, adoption of energy efficiency principle along with reduction in energy intensity in infrastructure sector will be the key for India’s overall reduction of GHG emissions. The central govt. has shown a strong resolve and pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45% from 2010 by 2030 to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070.
Ravichandran Purushothaman, President- Danfoss India Region said, “Buildings sector represents 40 per cent of energy demand and is one of the major contributors of CO2 emissions. Given that, 2/3rd of India is yet to be built, this is an area for immediate action, investment, and policies to promote short and long-term energy security given India’s commitment to Net Zero transition. We in Danfoss India believe that ACREX Hall of fame should serve as a source of inspiration and provide guiding principles and insights in making the future infrastructure projects in India more energy efficient and greener.”
Since its launch in 2016, ACREX India’s popularity has grown and have seen participation of renowned infrastructure establishments of India. In the earlier editions, ITC Windsor, Bengaluru, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport- Mumbai, Infosys EC-53 Building- Bengaluru Campus, ITC Grand Chola Hotel, Chennai and ISB, Mohali Campus are the iconic buildings that were inducted into the ACREX Hall of Fame in the past.