Sri Lanka's Brandix Group has added to its sustainability accolades by receiving the 'Gold Flame' efficiency award for its new head office, just nine months after it was commissioned. 

The award, for Commercial Buildings in the Large Scale category, was presented at the Sri Lanka National Energy Efficiency Awards 2015 this week. It recognised the substantial savings achieved in energy consumption through the eco-friendly design of the new eight-storey building, its state-of-the-art energy-efficient technology and sophisticated intelligent building management systems.

Built on the site of the group's previous head office, the tower's double-glazed Argon-filled black tinted glass walls give the structure improved thermal insulation and a high solar reflectance index, keeping its interiors cool. Commissioned in March, the building has an electricity consumption of just 4.63 kWh/1,000 ft2, well below the baseline set for commercial buildings. It also has an energy-efficient water-cooled air conditioning system with magnetic bearing technology, which Brandix says is a first for Sri Lanka.

"Brandix embarked on its green journey many years ago, and today, the environment is instinctively factored in to everything we do," said group director Feroz Omar. "We therefore set very exacting standards and specifications for the design and construction of our head office building. Winning Gold at the National Energy Efficiency Awards for this building gives us immense satisfaction."

The accolade is the second for Brandix this year, after securing the top slot as Global Supplier of the Year to apparel giant PVH Corp in May for its strategic collaboration on the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Heritage Brands across multiple underwear categories.

Brandix is one of the largest apparel suppliers to top retail brands in the US and Europe, and a global leader in sustainable manufacture. The Group's operations encompass several integrated manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, a 1,000 acre industrial park in India and a large operation in Bangladesh. Its commitment to sustainability has seen seven of its factories in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh awarded Eco Factory status by retailer Marks & Spencer.