LEED for cities and Communities: Indian experience
India has emerged as one of the leading countries in terms of LEED-certified green buildings, and now, Indian companies are increasingly opting for LEED for Cities and Communities certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With rapid urbanization and the growth of cities in India, LEED certification has become a crucial benchmark for sustainable development in the country.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a globally recognized rating system for green buildings, and LEED for Cities and Communities is a certification program specifically designed for cities and communities. The program assesses the sustainability of cities and communities based on several criteria, including natural systems and ecology, transportation and land use, water efficiency, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, and performance in various core areas.
Many Indian companies have realized the benefits of obtaining LEED certification for their cities and communities. Not only does it demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development, but it also enhances their reputation and brand image. Additionally, LEED certification can result in significant cost savings, improved energy efficiency, and a healthier and more sustainable living environment.
One of the prominent Indian companies that have opted for LEED certification is DLF Group, which received LEED for Cities and Communities certification for its DLF Cybercity in Gurgaon. The certification demonstrated DLF’s commitment to sustainable development and its efforts to create a green, healthy, and livable community.
Another notable example is Infosys, a leading Indian IT company that has been at the forefront of sustainable development. Infosys has obtained LEED for Cities and Communities certification for its campus in Bangalore, which is designed to be a sustainable, energy-efficient, and eco-friendly workplace.
Apart from DLF and Infosys, several other Indian companies have opted for LEED for Cities and Communities certification, including Mahindra Lifespaces, Godrej Properties, and the Hiranandani Group. These companies have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable development and their efforts to create green, healthy, and livable communities in India.
In conclusion, LEED certification has become a crucial benchmark for sustainable development in India, and more and more Indian companies are opting for LEED for Cities and Communities certification. With its focus on sustainability, energy efficiency, and a healthy living environment, LEED certification can help Indian cities and communities become more resilient, sustainable, and livable.
Firstgreen Consulting has also helped the DLF Group achieve LEED certification for its DLF Cybercity in Gurgaon. The DLF Cybercity is a large commercial complex that is designed to be sustainable and energy-efficient. The complex features solar panels, gas cogeneration systems, energy efficient HVAC systems. With Firstgreen Consulting’s support and expertise, the DLF Group was able to meet LEED standards and achieve LEED Platinum certification.