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Maharashtra ranks 1st in GBCI India’s list of Top 10 States for LEED in India

Maharashtra ranks 1st in GBCI India’s list of Top 10 States for LEED in India

21 Jan 2020 Long Read

GBCI India (Green Business Certification Inc) has released the list of India’s Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). This is the third year that the top 10 has been released in India, ranking Indian states in terms of cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space.

“India continues to be a global leader in green building. By pursing LEED certification for buildings and spaces, India is not only contributing to economic growth and development, but actively raising the living standard for its residents by providing more resilient, healthier and efficient buildings and communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, US Green Building Council and GBCI. “Next month, at Greenbuild India in Bengaluru, I look forward to convening with green building experts from all over the country as we work to build a more sustainable future for all people.”

LEED is an international symbol of sustainability excellence that signifies a building is lowering carbon emissions, conserving resources and cutting costs, while prioritising sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment. Maharashtra tops the list, followed by Karnataka, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. In a change from last year, Haryana has moved up in the list, edging out Tamil Nadu for the third spot. The Top 10 states for LEED are home to more than 843 million Indians, and together include more than 48.3 million gross sq m of LEED-certified space. The detailed rankings are included below:

Rank

State

Number of  LEED-certified projects

Certified Gross Square Meters (GSM)

1

Maharashtra

373

10,258,564

2

Karnataka

301

9,691,621

3

Haryana

139

5,906,220

4

Tamil Nadu

178

5,405,415

5

Uttar Pradesh

95

4,756,050

6

Telangana

106

4,143,928

7

Delhi

72

3,074,542

8

Gujarat

57

2,247,419

9

West Bengal

40

1,986,383

10

Rajasthan

21

901,918

*As of December 31, 2019

India boasts more than 1,400 LEED-certified buildings and include schools, hospitals, offices, residential buildings and more. Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce air pollution, provide cleaner air indoors and save money for businesses and families. They also generate fewer emissions compared to traditional buildings – not only during the construction stage but also after they are occupied and throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.

From February 6-7, 2020 at the LEED-certified ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru, the country’s green building leaders will convene for Greenbuild India, the flagship event for sustainability professionals. The conference programming will explore the latest in LEED, as well as sustainable practices and technologies that are enabling green building to be a critical solution in addressing pressing environmental challenges.

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