In securing this rating, Pathways has achieved following landmarks:
?First LEED-EB Platinum Full K-12 School in the world
?Highest rated LEED-EB school in the world
?First LEED-EB Platinum school in India
?First LEED-EB certified school in India
On receiving this certification Director of Pathways School, Prashant Jain, said, "At Pathways we believe that being an education institution, apart from imparting good all round education, it is our duty to sensitise these children about sustainability and a better world tomorrow. And what is the better way than to make them experience and live a sustainable life. Hence when we were designing the school we laid all possible emphasis is creating a Green Campus with Zero Discharge."
While setting these as target, tackling a cue from the traditional Indian Architecture where old Forts and Palaces always remained cool in summers and warm in winters, there were two challenges that were taken on:
- To find unconventional simple approaches taking full benefit of natural energies and least infution of complex technologies;
- To achieve a Green Architecture saving 8-10% in project cost, in the process wrong proving the general notion that to build green you have to spend about 10% additional.
This started the journey of research and brainstorming. Thinking with an open mind, challenging the present norms of the industry, keeping things as simple as possible, we devised our progress plan and accordingly built the Pathways School Gurgaon Campus as the Highest Rated Green School Building in the World, achieving both the challanges we had started with. And whats more, the same has been recognised by the most premier Green Building Organisation in the world - USGBC.
"We believe that this can, and should be the game changer in the way forward for sustainable architecture in the world. The present notion 'to build green you have to cough up about 10% more in the project cost' is a huge block. And as the developers will learn that actually by going green they will save 8-10% in the project cost, there will be no one going not for green!" added Prashant Jain.