ComBank Trinco branch wins Green Building award

1 January, 2023
Commercial Bank’s Head of Premises Tilak Wakista (second from left) receives the award from Director GBCSL  Mahendra S. Jayalath. Looking on (from left): Project Green Accredited Professional Ms. Samantha Manawadu, GBCSL Director  Chandana Dalugoda and the Bank›s Executive Officer, Energy and Environment, Ravindra Kamburawala  

The Trincomalee branch of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon was awarded a Gold rating recently under the Green Building awards presented by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL) for the building’s eco-friendly features.

Commercial Bank’s Trincomaleebranch was relocated toNo 420, Court Road, Trincomalee, to a building that complies withthe standards of the GREENSL rating system developed by the GBCSL as a home-grown model applicable to Sri Lankan conditions.

The building is fitted with rooftop solar panels that generate a major percentage of the electricity required under a net-metering system, an overhead rainwater harvesting facility, a stormwater control system, and its own sewage treatment plant that recycles sewage into water to irrigate the gardens. The building has achieved 30% energy saving compared to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard baseline, and consumes minimal potable water by eliminating the usage of potable water for irrigation and landscaping.

The Green Building Gold rating also recognises the building’s vertical greening feature, maximum use of natural light during daytime, and restoration of natural habitat. To further reduce energy consumption, it is equipped with energy-efficient air-conditioning and its gardenlights are powered by dedicated independent solar panels. Green transportation solutions are also encouraged at the branch.

The Commercial Bank Trincomalee branch received this award at the 11thAnnual Green Building Award Ceremony held at the Earl’s Regency Hotel in Kandy in December 2022.

– Sunday Observer Sri Lanka

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