Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) net zero certifications

What’s the News?

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) has released Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) net zero certifications.

India’s progress in LEED Zero projects

  • India got first rank in world in LEED Zero certified green building projects.
  • With more than 70 LEED Zero green building projects, is a India (USGBC) and top country according to US Green Building Council Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI).
  • It is followed by 47 such project certification of USA only 15 LEED Zero certification of China.
  • Out of 150 LEED Zero certified projects, India has 45% or 73 such in projects, with Haryana and Tamil Nadu leading the race certifications.
  • This achievement will help in keeping on track to reach target of net zero GHG emissions by 2070.
  • Of the total carbon emissions in India, is approximately 33% contributed by building and construction sector.

LEED Zero Projects and certification

  • LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental and is the world’s most widely used green building rating Designsystem in the world.
  • It is developed by United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • It for provides a framework to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions high performance buildings and spaces.
  • It outlines various plans and strategies for land use, efficient management energy, transportation with low carbon foot print, of waste and materials.
  • To achieve LEED certification,  by adhering project earns points to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, and waste, transportation, materials, health indoor environmental quality.
  • LEED certifications are given in categories like- Certified (40-49 points), Silver (50-59 points), Gold (60-79 points) and Platinum (80+ points).

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

  • It is a membership-based non-profit organization which was founded in 1993
  • Headquartered in Washington, D.C USA function/work to transform market through its LEED green building programme.

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