USGBC and GBCI are delighted that LEED has played such a significant role in helping India’s leaders realize important benchmarks in green building. With the backing and support of visionary companies, Indian business leadership is also committing to greening every aspect of its ongoing developments—from commercial offices and industrial centers to high-rise residential communities to the retail, recreation and transportation structures that support them.
Through hard work, sound investment and dedication to the sustainability of our planet, India has realized some tremendous milestones using LEED.
Now, as we move closer to the November 2 opening of the inaugural Greenbuild India, we spotlight 10 of those breakthrough events for you:
- May 2014: India is named the third largest market for LEED outside the U.S.
- October 2014: Pathways School Gurgaon becomes first LEED Platinum K–12 Existing Buildings school in the world.
- December 2014: 833 million square feet of building space in India is LEED.
- November 2015: Vana becomes the first LEED Platinum retreat in India.
- April 2016: GBCI Incorporates in India.
- May 2016: ITC Sankya Data Center becomes India's first LEED v4 Platinum building.
- June 2016: Tata Housing commits to bringing 20 million square feet of LEED- and WELL-certified green homes to India.
- July 2016: USGBC launches LEED Lab in India.
- October 2016: Surat, India, rated best In LEED Smart City Challenge.
- February 2017: First LEED certification for transit worldwide launched and DMRC the first metro system to pursue.
Though these are just 10 of India’s many milestones, they represent important green building events for an ascendant country that is moving rapidly to address critical social and environmental challenges. If you would like to learn more about the people and projects that are helping India to sustainably meet its present and future development needs, please join us in Mumbai for Greenbuild India. From November 2 to 5, see how India's green building industry and the LEED rating system are aligning to build a more sustainable future for all.