A latest survey report by globally acclaimed US Green Building Council (USGBC) has revealed that India ranked third among the top 10 countries in the world for the development of green buildings. At present, India has nearly 900 green building projects covering an area of 24.81 million gross square meters.
As per the data compiled, India is behind Mainland China and Canada covering an area of 68.83 sq meters and 46.81 sq meters respectively. Other cities in the list include Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Mexico, Spain etc.
Giving more information on the published report, Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, managing director-APAC & Middle East, Green Business Certificate Institute (GBCI) said, “With increasing pollution and environmental change, the demand for green homes is growing in India at a fast pace. We are expecting that this number will increase more in the next few years. Using green building norms and concept in residential and commercial projects further increases the sustainability features of the developments.”
USGBC has compiled this list with the help of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. At present, there are 96,275 LEED certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories. Moreover, in India, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is the major authority which certifies buildings as per their sustainability features.
Some of the leading green buildings in India are Godrej Plant II-IT Park at Mumbai, IGP Office at Gulbarga, ITC Hotel – The Royal Gardenia at Bangalore, Suzlon ‘One Earth’ at Pune, Bearys Global Research Triangle at Bangalore, and Infosys Pocharam at Hyderabad.