This centre is now GE’s main R&D facility outside the USA. With a design brief that stressed on the importance of maximum energy and water efficiency and low life-cycle maintenance costs, the master plan has several notable green features.
Minimal glazing, simple granite cladding, and plastered walls reduce both heat loss and maintenance and ensure adequate amounts of natural lighting. All central air conditioning is controlled and monitored by a building automation system. Extensive groundwater recharge measures like underground stormwater drains and centralized water runoff collection have been put into place. All runoff water from laboratories, kitchens and washrooms are treated by an ETP and circulated back for landscape maintenance, housekeeping and other non-human usages.