As per the list released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Tamil Nadu ranks first among the list of top 10 states in India in terms of gross square feet (GSF) of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified space overall. This is the first time the list has been released in India and it ranks states in terms of gross square feet of energy and environmental design certified space overall.
Tamil Nadu has 118 LEED certified green projects entailing 49.15 million GSF of LEED certified space. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi take 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place, respectively. Gujarat, with LEED certified space of 3.2 million GSF comes at 9th position, below UP and West Bengal. On the other hand, Maharashtra tops the list in terms of number of projects. While Maharashtra has 205 green projects, Tamil Nadu has only 118 projects. Third placed Karnataka has 149 green projects.
‘India continues to be a leader in the green building movement and the states listed have shown exceptional leadership and dedication to creating a more sustainable built environment,’ said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. India has seen robust growth in the number of green buildings certified under LEED across all sectors. The leaders, policymakers and developers in India are all working toward a common goal of sustainability. We hope this list encourages the use of LEED and sustainable practices in more states across the country while driving enthusiasm amongst leaders to be a part of this change.
LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and communities, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.