India has secured 3rd position in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 2016, a green building rating system. Buildings account for an estimated one-third of global emissions; a green certification provides cost-effective solutions to climate change as such structures generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits.
- LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program focused primarily on new, commercial building projects and based upon a points system. The more points you earn, the higher your rating.
- LEED-certified buildings save energy and water, helping residents and businesses make savings.
- The LEED rating system offers four certification levels for new construction — Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum — that correspond to the number of credits accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
By emphasising on LEED & green building construction, India is prioritising environmental and human health. This will help us get one step closer to a green building for all existing & coming generations.
Sources: HT / USGBC