GBCI releases list of India’s Top 10 States for LEED, Maharashtra ranks first

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News:The India chapter of the Green Business Certification Inc(GBCI) has released the list of top 10 states for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in India.

Facts:

Key takeaways from the list:

  • Maharashtra has topped the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building certifications for the second consecutive year.
  • Karnataka was ranked second on the list.It was followed by Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

About LEED:

  • The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is the rating system developed for certifying Green Buildings. 
  • The rating system has been developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),the organization promoting sustainability through Green Buildings.
  • The main parameters to get a LEED certificate include saving energy and water, waste management, reducing carbon footprint and focusing on the health of the building’s occupants.
  • Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, use less energy and water, reduce air pollution, provide cleaner air indoors and save money for businesses and families.

Additional information:

About Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA)

  • Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) is India’s own rating system jointly developed by TERI and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.
  • It is a rating tool that helps people to assess the performance of their building against certain nationally acceptable benchmarks.
  • It evaluates the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a green building.