After a 13-year long association with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), US Green Building Council (USGBC) now plans for further growth in India. In this direction, it has tied up with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). That said, some questions remain unanswered - what is the nature of its association with TERI and where are its ties with IGBC headed towards?
India presently has nearly 12 million sq m of LEED certified space. There are more than 66 million sq m of building space undergoing the LEED process in India, comprising 1,657 building projects. Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, USGBC, clarifies, "India is the third country to occupy most LEED certified spaces. We surely want to encourage and grow the green movement here, and our association with TERI is the first move towards these constructive efforts."
Association to co-brand
While the association includes providing a co-branding of the both LEED and GRIHA certification, Ramanujam says,¨USGBC and TERI will work in alignment to provide both LEED and GRIHA ratings to buildings. However, at present, consumers have to take two different certificates for both while in the next two to three years, we might think of merging it.” That said, he is certain that the council does not want to create new ratings for existing buildings, which is the most difficult market to tap at present. "Since, such buildings already exist, it is difficult to install green features,” he adds. On her part, Dr Anjali Parasnis, Associate Director, Western Regional Centre (WRC), says, “There have been continuous efforts towards designing and constructing green buildings in India. TERI and USGBC share common goals in promoting green buildings and we would continue to do so.”
The prime objective of the tie-up is to educate the market, promote and support it. Hence, a programme called Regional LEED-EB (existing buildings) will be introduced in India to focus on regional factors while considering the green features of the buildings. The tie-up will also focus on developing the LEED Dynamic Plaque (LDP). Through this, a performance score will be given to the green building based on energy, water, human experience and transportation.
Green initiatives continue...
In addition to its new ties with TERI, USGBC has also set up a new LEED hub in New Delhi with a simple motto: