By: Tony White The Bayer (as in aspirin) building outside of New Delhi has earned 64 out of 69 points from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, making it the world’s highest point earner in the New Construction category. The 10,000 square foot building is a zero-energy office building developed by Bayer MaterialScience using their EcoCommercial Build Program. Bayer MaterialScience’s EcoCommercial Build Program “is a global interdisciplinary partner network to unite all facets of eco-friendly building.” There are lots of eco-products available, this network attempts to bring all that innovation together. The naïve would not notice the self promotion of their eco-products, however this post is about the achievement of LEED Platinum for the building. Some of the building’s highlights: the building has a photovoltaic system that generates more energy than the building consumes with zero CO2 emissions. Materials used for insulation enable a 70 percent reduction in electricity compared to conventional buildings in similar regions. The building sees 42% energy savings by using thermal insulation and a building management system which protects against the sun. “The Platinum Award is a clear indication that the concept of ecological sustainable building can be achieved with the right materials, regardless of whether in the developed world or in an emerging market,” said Thomas Roemer, Head of the Construction & Building industry platform at Bayer MaterialScience. Wow… 64 out of 69 points… what building will top that?