Maharashtra has topped the list of the 10 states for ‘leadership in energy and environmental design’ (LEED) ratings that was released by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) this week. While Maharashtra has 334 LEED-certified green buildings, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have 232 and 157 buildings, respectively. Last year’s list saw Tamil Nadu in the top position with 118 such buildings. This is the second year that the list has been released in India and it ranks the states in terms of cumulative gross sq ft of LEED-certified space as of December, 2018.
According to the survey, the top 10 states are home to over 840 million Indians, and together include over 475 million gross sq ft of LEED-certified space.
|Rank||State||Number of LEED-certified projects||Certified gross sq ft in millions|
USGBC and GBCI managing director for Southeast Asia and Middle East Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan said, “India is a leader in green buildings, and continues to demonstrate year-on-year growth”. He added that many Central government agencies and states have started offering incentives for LEED, and businesses, educational institutions and non-profits across every sector are adopting it.
LEED is an international symbol of sustainability excellence which signifies a building is lowering carbon emissions, conserving resources and cutting down cost, while prioritising sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment. LEED is a widely used green building rating system.