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Published on: June 6, 2020, 8:56 a.m.
Greenbuild India offers a forum for the community
  • Ramanujam says India is a global leader in green buildings

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

With Karnataka ranking second in the Green Building Council India (GBCI) list in India with over 104 million certified gross square feet and 303 LEED-certified projects, the state capital was the natural choice for an edition of Greenbuild India. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a global certification programme for green buildings, while Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference.

Bengaluru premiered as the host for the platform, which brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work to share their vision about the future of green construction and infrastructure development. Earlier events have been held in key regions around the world including the US, China, Mexico, and Europe.

Says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of US Green Building Council and GBCI: “India continues to be a global leader in green building, pursuing LEED certification for buildings and spaces. It 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.”

India and the world at large continue to grapple with problems like climate change and sustainable development, other experts at the conference noted. This year’s edition – the third - focused on the future of LEED and green buildings, and their role in addressing pressing issues impacting human health and the environment, such as air quality, energy use, and waste reduction.

Even Bengaluru, known as the garden city of India, has been experiencing the adverse effects of climate change and unplanned development, with its weather patterns having become more erratic and temperatures going to extremes. It is, however, going in the right direction by adopting LEED certification: nearly 300 projects, with over 99 million sq. ft., have been certified, while another 200 are engaged with LEED. The certified projects include Infosys, RMZ, Armstrong Design, LinkedIn, ITC Gardenia, and Flipkart. The city also has more than 123 professionals with LEED credentials who can take projects through the certification process.

In a country that’s consistently one of the most rapidly expanding markets for LEED in the world, with more than 3,200 LEED projects, representing more than 1.6 billion gross sq. ft. of space, Bengaluru’s contribution to sustainability is reflected by Karnataka’s placement in the top 10 states.

“Greenbuild India offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionise business and address pressing issues,” Ramanujam adds. “This is where inspiration happens, business relationships are cultivated, innovation is recognised and celebrated and where people from all over come to reconnect and remind each other why they do what they do – and why they work hard every day to create better buildings, cities and communities - to build a more sustainable future for all people.”


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