The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reiterated its commitment for sustainable and green building development in India by hosting its flagship event on sustainability- Greenbuild India, in Bangalore from FEBRUARY 6 -7, 2020. The event brought together the industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated towards sustainable building in their everyday work to share their vision on green construction and infrastructure development in India. With India and the world at large continuing to grapple with problems such as climate change and sustainable development, this year’s edition of Greenbuild India focused on the future of LEED and green buildings, and its role in addressing pressing issues impacting human health and the environment, such as air quality, energy use, waste reduction and global climate change. As the third largest market in the world for LEED outside the U.S., India is home to more than 3,100 projects participating in LEED, comprising 1.6 billion gross square feet of space.
“India continues to be a global leader in green building. By pursing LEED certification for buildings and spaces, India is not only contributing to economic growth and development, but actively raising the living standard for its residents by providing more resilient, healthier and efficient buildings and communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “At Greenbuild India in Bengaluru, we are convening with green building experts from all over the country as we work to build a more sustainable future for all people.”
LEED is an international symbol of sustainability excellence that signifies a building is lowering carbon emissions, conserving resources and cutting costs, while prioritizing sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment. Maharashtra tops the list, followed by Karnataka, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. In a change from last year, Haryana has moved up in the list, edging out Tamil Nadu for the third spot. The Top 10 states for LEED are home to more than 843 million Indians, and together include more than 48.3 million gross square meters of LEED-certified space.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), , co-founded by Mike Italiano, David Gottfried and Rick Fedrizzi in 1993, is a private, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.