LEED certification supports India’s sustainability and climate change efforts
The US Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building program, recently announced the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED. The list recognises markets outside the US that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces where citizens live, learn, work and play. India ranked third with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 20.28 million gross sq m of space.
“Around the world leaders are committing to climate change initiatives that have the power to improve quality of life for citizens and ensure a sustainable future for us all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. “Progress happens one project at a time and we applaud these markets for their leadership and work to deliver better buildings and healthier spaces.”
The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2017 and represents 6,657 certified projects totaling more than 158 million gross sq m. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building program with projects in more than 167 countries and territories, with more than 205,800 gross sq m of space certifying everyday. LEED is a global, regional and local solution that provides a framework for buildings, communities and cities to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving spaces while working to improve quality of life.
Number of projects
Gross sq m*
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
*Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data is reported as of December 2017.
**The United States, where LEED originated, is not included on the list,but remains the world’s largest market for LEED.