GBCI releases list of India’s Top 10 States for LEED, Maharashtra ranks first
The India chapter of the Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) released the list of top 10 states for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in India today. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is a rating system which assesses the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
Signifying the increasing adoption of green buildings in India, the CEO of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI, Mahesh Ramanujam said: “India continues to be a global leader in green building. By pursuing LEED certification for buildings and spaces, India is not only contributing to economic growth and development but actively raising living standards for its residents by providing more resilient, healthier and efficient buildings and communities.”
As per GBCI’s list, in terms of cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space, Maharashtra topped the list with 10,258,564 sq m closely followed by Karnataka with 9,691,621 sq m of certified space. As of 31 December 2019, these two states had 373 and 301 LEED-certified projects respectively. Beating last year’s 2nd runner up, Tamil Nadu, Haryana claimed the third spot in the list this year. The rest of the list comprised Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Gujarat, West Bengal and Rajasthan placed in the 4th till the 10th spot respectively. GBCI’s data also suggests that these top 10 states are home to more than 843 million Indians and have more than 48.3 million gross square meters of LEED-certified space. On the other hand, the country cumulatively has more than 1,400 LEED-certified buildings including schools, hospitals, offices, residential buildings and more.
Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people as well as use less energy and water, reduce air pollution, provide cleaner air indoors and save money for businesses and families. They also generate fewer emissions compared to traditional buildings – – not only during the construction stage but also after they are occupied and throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.
source- Economic Times