LEED 2011: A Re-Birth Of LEED In India
The most highly regarded Green Building rating standard – the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) - has now assumed a new avatar. LEED 2011 has been released by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) on 24 February 2011, marking a major milestone in the history of the Green Building movement in India.
The first version of LEED-India was launched in 2007, which received overwhelming response from the Indian construction industry and emerged as the unanimous choice for benchmarking of energy-efficient building design standards.
Today, India has 956 registered buildings and 135 certified buildings over an area of 606 million sq.ft. Practices and measures followed by these projects have been used to upgrade the rating system, which has thence evolved into “LEED 2011 for India.”
This new version of the rating system covers office buildings, retail spaces, hotels, airports, hospitals, institutional buildings, convention centers etc. Earlier, IGBC has launched separate rating systems to suit various developments such as homes, factory buildings, special economic zones and integrated townships.
Salient Features of LEED 2011
• Enhancement in energy and water efficiency baselines
Project registrations under LEED 2011 for India will commence from the 4th of April. Existing projects under LEED India NC rating systems will be provided with the option to transit into LEED 2011.
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