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India is Third in Green Building Rankings
Dec 29, 2016

India secured third position this year in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a green building rating system. China, currently battling red-level hazardous smog, led the rankings, followed by Canada.

Key Highlights

  • Buildings account for an estimated one third of global emissions and a green certification provides cost-effective solutions to climate change as such structures generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits.
  • India leads in the rankings because it has 15.90 million Gross Square Metres (GSM) of LEED-certified space and an additional 89.28 million cumulative GSM of LEED-certified and -registered space. 
  • About 2,386 projects are participating in LEED across the country. 
  • India is also among the top 10 countries outside the United States making progress in sustainable building design, construction and operations. 
  • The analytics company’s World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report, has found that emerging economies will continue to be engines of green growth, with development varying from two-fold to six-fold over current green building levels.
  • Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

 USGBC said, “With a focus on LEED and green buildings, India is prioritising environmental and human health in the built environment on a holistic scale and helping us get one step closer to a green building for all within this generation.”

What is LEED-certified Building?

  • LEED-certified buildings save energy and water, helping residents and businesses make savings. 
  • Such spaces reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. 
  • The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative commercial LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016. 
  • As of now, 82,000 commercial projects have involved LEED, totalling more than 1.4 billion GSM of space worldwide. 
  • An additional 112,000 residential units that have been certified under LEED Homes. 
  • An estimated 170,000 GSM of space achieves LEED certification every day in more than 162 countries and territories across the globe.

USGBC is striving to achieve Net Zero Carbon designation and spot leaders in the building sector for reduction in carbon footprint across the buildings sector as is necessary for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, which India signed earlier this year. 

What is Green Building?

The ideal green building would be a building project that would allow you to preserve most of the natural environment around the project site, while still being able to produce a building that is going to serve a purpose. 

The construction and operation will promote a healthy environment for all involved, and it will not disrupt the land, water, resources and energy in and around the building. This is the actual definition of a green building.

Most people will find when going green that they are able to reduce their carbon footprint and actually lend a helping hand to the environment. You can go green in a variety of different ways, but builders and construction workers must do their part as well. 

Green buildings are designed in such a way to reduce overall impact on environment and human health by:

  1. Reducing trash, pollution and degradation of environment.
  2. Efficiently using energy, water and other resources.
  3. Protecting occupant health and improving productivity.

Benefits of Green Building

With new technologies constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the benefits of green building can range from environmental to economic to social. 

By adopting greener practices, we can take maximum advantage of environmental and economic performance. Green construction methods when integrated while design and construction provide most significant benefits. Benefits of green building include:

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce wastage of water 
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Protect biodiversity and ecosystems

Economic Benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Create market for green product and services

Social Benefits

  • Improve quality of life
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve occupant health and comfort

Of course, one of the main goals is to make the earth more sustainable, but it really does go deeper than that. When you decide to go green, your goal will be to actually help to sustain the environment without disrupting the natural habitats around it. 

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