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Green Buildings: India ranks third among top ten countries

Jun 06, 2014

The US Green Building Council has placed India third in the list of countries with most LEED-certified space outside of the US.

New Delhi: According to a report released by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), India ranks third in the list of top 10 countries in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the popular green building programme, outside of the US, having nearly 12 million square meters of LEED-certified space.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, USGBC, the creator and administrator of LEED, further announced that it was expanding its support of LEED in India.

Speaking about the same, Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC, said “Because LEED buildings save energy, water and precious resources; they are our first line of defense in the worldwide fight to slow the impacts of climate change and promote wellness. Leading multinational architectural, engineering and construction companies are now applying LEED’s principles and benefits in more than 150 countries. USGBC wants to provide significant support that can underpin this strong growth.”

Fedrizzi outlined four key initiatives that have been launched to aid India’s performance in LEED:

1) LEED is evolving to be a truly global rating system by providing local and regional paths for projects to achieve certification. These alternative compliance paths take into account regional climate, geography, land use laws and more. India will now have a seat at the LEED International Roundtable, the USGBC group responsible for driving the international development and applications of LEED.

2) In an effort to strengthen global consistency of the LEED rating system, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) will now manage certification of projects to all LEED rating systems in India, including assuming responsibility for LEED India certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). IGBC will continue to provide support to LEED India projects already in the system, but all new projects will come under the auspices of GBCI for certification services.

3) With this move, the entire suite of LEED rating systems will now be available in India, including LEED v4, the latest update to the rating system that codifies performance goals through a continuing relationship with LEED throughout the life cycle of the building.

4) To support this increase in the LEED offerings in India, USGBC is establishing a hub in New Delhi to provide in-country support to LEED project teams, including education, technical support and customer service.

Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC, also spoke about India’s leadership role in efforts to transform the built environment into one that enhances the quality of life for all its citizens. “High performing buildings should be a mark of pride for India. With my home country’s new forward-looking leadership under Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi, who has made sustainability a key value of his new administration, we are excited for LEED to play a key role in supporting that vision”, he said.

 

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