India ranks third in the world for LEED green buildings
The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced the annual top 10 countries and regions for LEED outside of the US. The list recognises markets that are using LEED to create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families and businesses. India ranked third with more than 899 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 24.81 million gross m2 of space.
“For the last 25 years, LEED has played a key role in sustainability efforts around the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. “The top 10 countries and regions represent a global community of dedicated USGBC member companies and green building professionals who are committed to improving our quality of life. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind — and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these countries.”
The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross m2 as of December 31, 2018, and represents 7,797 certified projects totaling more than 210 million gross m2 of space. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building programme with 96,275 registered and certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, MD – APAC & Middle East, Green Business Certificate Institute (GBCI), said, “India is leading the green building movement in the Asia Pacific region, with the maximum number of LEED projects in 2018. Apart from the commercial buildings, LEED projects are also seen in sectors like education, manufacturing, and hospitality, to name a few. LEED-certified metros and LEED for cities are also adding momentum to the green building movement in India. Residential projects will drive the growth in the next few years, and LEED will work closely with the developers and the state governments to ensure a sustainable platform. The demand for green is growing in India, and we are confident that the number of green projects in India will increase in the coming years and will positively impact development and green jobs.”