Tata Central Archives (TCA) , the corporate business archive of the Tata Group, was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Platinum Rating’ under the Indian Green Building Council’s (IGBC) Existing Building Operations and Rating System. It is the first business archive in India to bag this prestigious honour. Earlier, TCA was the first business archive to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification.
TCA has diligently implemented measurable strategies and solutions in site and facility management, water-efficiency, energy-efficiency, health, comfort and innovation. “The Tata Central Archives is the custodian of the Tata Heritage, and receiving a platinum certification from IGBC is a proud milestone for us”, says Mr Farokh N Subedar, Chairman, Tata Services, and COO, Tata Sons, as he shares the practices that led to this honour.
Some of the sustainable practices followed at TCA include the use of environment-friendly materials and high energy-efficiency equipment, green house-keeping materials, use of recyclable materials for all renovations, low-flow fixtures and waterless urinals, treating organic waste-water and recycling it for landscapes and irrigation, LED lighting to decrease energy use, a tie-up with Swach for the safe processing of e-waste, etc.
On-site vermicomposting helps in composting food, kitchen and landscaping waste, while the on-site grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) installation promotes renewable energy and meets nearly 20 per cent of the centre’s annual power demand. Existing tree cover provides shade to address the non-roof heat island effect.
A green policy has been introduced to promote resource conservation. Continuous measurement and a verification system has led to savings in electricity, water and other resources. The project was implemented with the support of Tata Services, along with Eco First Services, the sustainability arm of Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE), which works in the areas of integrated design services, building retro- commissioning and green building certification.
Tata Central Archives serves as a central point of information and centre for research into the rich legacy of the House of Tata, for Tata companies, researchers, and the public at large. As such, it has created and maintained a repository of Tata records. This prestigious certification from the IGBC is an added feather in its cap.