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Construction : Web Exclusive | October 2016 | Source : CW-India

LEED benefits triple bottom-line | People, Planet and Profit

Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI), the certifying body for all projects participating in the LEED green building rating system, has released its 2016 LEED in Motion: India report, a comprehensive report of LEED activity in India. The report finds strong financial savings on energy for a number of sector-diverse, LEED Platinum and Gold certified buildings across India.

“Every story about LEED is a story about leadership and this new report shows that leaders across India have chosen LEED because it benefits their triple bottom-line: people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President, GBCI and COO, USGBC, the creators of LEED.

 As the world’s leading system for sustainable building design, construction and operations, LEED helps innovative Indian business and political leaders attract new foreign investment, increase the competitiveness of real estate portfolios, enhance occupant health and wellness and position the nation as a world leader in the burgeoning green building economy.

The LEED Platinum ITC Sankhya Data Center in Bengaluru achieved an annual energy savings of Rs 121 million and the LEED Gold K Raheja Corp Mindspace Building No. 9 in Hyderabad saved Rs 24 million annually in energy and Rs 3 million in water savings. 

“Advancing sound, measurable and quantifiable building performance data into the Indian market is key to our success, and our new report clearly demonstrates that LEED buildings perform and deliver a significant return on investment to the customer,” said Mili Majumdar, Managing Director of GBCI India and SVP, USGBC.

 “The centerpiece of our latest version of LEED is performance and we continue to explore solutions that allow our customers to easily monitor and manage their building portfolios.”

This timely report also examines recent and significant gains in the application of green building techniques throughout India, and even stronger year-over-year growth in the nation’s use of LEED. LEED in Motion: India notes strong growth in the number of LEED projects with the country currently being the third largest outside the US for LEED with over 2,230 projects participating in LEED, encompassing more than 908 million gross square feet of LEED space.

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