USGBC Announces Expanded Support for LEED Green Building Program in India
India Third on List of Countries in the World with Most LEED-Certified Space
New Delhi — (5 June 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creator and administrator of LEED, announced today it was expanding its support of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the popular global green building program, in India.
“The uptake of LEED across the globe has been extraordinary,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Because LEED buildings save energy, water and precious resources, they are our first line of defense in the worldwide fight to slow the impacts of climate change and promote wellness. The multinational architectural, engineering and construction companies that are leading the building boom around the world were early adopters of LEED in the U.S., and they are now applying LEED’s principles and benefits in more than 150 countries. USGBC wants to provide significant support that can underpin this strong growth.”
India ranks third globally for countries outside of the U.S. with the most LEED-certified space, with nearly 12 million square meters, according to a report released by USGBC last month.
Fedrizzi outlined four key initiatives that have been launched:
1) LEED is evolving to be a truly global rating system by providing local and regional paths for projects to achieve certification. These alternative compliance paths take into account regional climate, geography, land use laws and more. India will now have a seat at the LEED International Roundtable, the USGBC group responsible for driving the international development and applications of LEED.
2) In an effort to strengthen global consistency of the LEED rating system, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) will now manage certification of projects to all LEED rating systems in India, including assuming responsibility for LEED India certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). IGBC will continue to provide support to LEED India projects already in the system, but all new projects will come under the auspices of GBCI for certification services.
3) With this move, the entire suite of LEED rating systems will now be available in India, including LEED v4, the latest update to the rating system that codifies performance goals through a continuing relationship with LEED throughout the life cycle of the building.
4) To support this increase in the LEED offerings in India, USGBC is establishing a hub in New Delhi to provide in-country support to LEED project teams, including education, technical support and customer service.
“We want to meet our customers where they are and provide local and regional support that makes the continuing use of LEED seamless,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “In addition to our own staff, we are significantly expanding our relationships in the region with other global organizations and service providers with whom we can explore the joint development and promotion of education and events, such as manuals and training modules, workshops and design charrettes, meetings, and conferences. We’re also looking to collaborate around green schools, resilient communities, affordable housing and human health issues in LEED to help support our vision of green buildings for everyone within a generation.”
Ramanujam noted that India has a leadership role in the efforts to transform the built environment into one that enhances the quality of life for all its citizens. “High performing buildings should be a mark of pride for India. With my home country’s new forward-looking leadership under Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modi, who has made sustainability a key value of his new administration, we are excited for LEED to play a key role in supporting that vision.”
LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized rating system guiding the design, construction, operations and maintenance of green buildings. To date, project teams in more than 150 countries and territories have implemented LEED in their building projects, taking advantage of its global, regional and local applicability to create structures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; create healthier indoor environments for workers, students and community members; and lower utility bills for building owners through reduced energy and water use.
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system is the world's foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, 1.7 million square feet (158,000 square meters) of space is certified using LEED in more than 150 countries and territories. LEED seeks to optimize the use of natural resources, promote regenerative and restorative strategies, maximize the positive and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants. In addition, more than 56,000 residential units have been certified under the LEED for Homes rating system, with more than 90,000 more homes registered. Learn more at USGBC.org/LEED and review the Foundations of LEED development process.
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