ACC has extended financial support to the construction of what it says is
expected to turn out to be the most exemplary sustainable building on the Indian
building, based in New Delhi, will house the headquarters of Development Alternatives,
a reputed non-government organisation. Providing spaces for offices, training,
conferences and technical research, the structure is being built by local workers
using chiefly local materials that embody little energy.
passive and evaporation systems keep the building cool with minimum energy consumption,
even in the hot climate. The building is also very user friendly - and its pioneering
technologies can easily be adopted in other locations. With notable technical,
environmental, social and cultural merit, the building will come to serve as a
laboratory and testimonial for sustainable construction in tropical and subtropical
Alternatives, respected as a center for excellence in sustainable habitat, promotes
commercially viable, environmentally friendly technologies and helps predominantly
poor people to create sustainable habitats themselves.
Ashok Khosla, a leading global expert in the environment and sustainable development,
founded this NGO. The architect of the project is Ashok B. Lall, principal of
a leading architectural firm in New Delhi and Dean of Studies at the TVB School
of Habitat Studies.
Hugentobler, deputy chairman, ACC, and Holcim executive committee member, explained,
"Holcim, ACC and Development Alternatives pursue similar goals. The promotion
of a sustainable society is for us more than lip service; on all continents Holcim
seeks partnerships with organisations that concretely contribute to sustainable
improvement of livelihoods and habitats.
are looking forward to a long-term partnership with Development Alternatives and
other like minded organizations that will enable Holcim and ACC to take an active
lead within the Indian cement industry in establishing solutions for improved
rural livelihoods," Hugentobler added.
has joined hands with the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
to promote and encourage sustainable construction projects as part of its nationwide
programme for corporate social responsibility. The Holcim Foundation is backed
by the Holcim group, of which ACC is now a part.
Foundation was established to support innovative approaches to sustainable construction
worldwide - through global design competitions and international forums, and by
financially supporting important research and construction projects.
is the first time that both ACC and the Holcim Foundation, have
stepped forward with financial support amounting to Rs1.30 crore (Approximately
$ 320,000) to a construction project.