Green building trends in India: 2017

Taryn Holowka

On a global scale, green building construction is doubling every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 report, by Dodge Data and Analytics. Some of the leading drivers of this growth are client demand, environmental regulation and an enhanced awareness of the occupant and tenant benefits of green buildings.

Over the last several years, green building has also seen a dramatic increase in India. USGBC, the developers of the LEED green building program, are committed to advancing even more rapid adoption of green building practices in India. In fact, green building is projected to grow 20 percent in the country by 2018.

India already ranks third among the Top Ten Countries for LEED, and in 2016, nearly 650 projects in India earned LEED certification. Emerging economies such as India are engines of green growth, with development varying from two- to sixfold over current green building levels.

According to a recent USGBC survey, 87 percent of Indian green building professionals anticipate the use of LEED in India increasing overall, with nine out of ten industry senior executives in India anticipating that their LEED-related work will increase over the next several years.

We are very focused on encouraging and growing the green movement in the country and have been preparing for some time:

GBCI India

In 2015 we launched GBCI India, which is a local GBCI hub in New Delhi that is designed to help LEED teams and others in the sustainability industry with on-the-ground customer service and technical support as well as a local connection.  

Learn more about the establishment of GBCI in India in our video:

Read more about the success of LEED in India in our LEED in Motion: India report.

Greenbuild 2017

USGBC and GBCI also announced Greenbuild India 2017, which will be held in Mumbai, India, from Nov. 2–5. Since 2002, the conference and expo has been held annually in the United States. During the past two years, it has expanded its reach to include other nations. Greenbuild brings together global industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making it the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.

The conference features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases and an exhibit hall with the latest products, LEED workshops and tours of the host city's green buildings.


Last, we know that we can’t do this alone. To effect true market change and make the impact we need, we are working with partners every step of the way. We've announced partnerships with TERI and BV and with Tata Housing, when it committed to bringing 20 million square feet of LEED- and WELL-certified homes to India.

Most recently, we’ve announced partnerships with T3 around performance and with Delhi Metrorail Corporation, and we launched the new LEED for Transit system.

To learn more, check out our new LEED On video series, which celebrates leaders across India who inspire through their innovative use of green building strategies and technologies. These leaders who represent all building sectors, from education to health care, from manufacturing to hospitality, are pointing us all to a more sustainable future—one that will improve the quality of life today and for generations to come.

Green building is about reducing energy waste and water use. It’s about creating jobs and sparking economic growth. It's also about protecting the health of our children for the future. These social and environmental benefits can be realized while dramatically improving operational profits.

Social motivators for green buildings include encouraging sustainable business practices, supporting the domestic economy, creating a sense of community and increasing worker productivity. Reducing energy consumption and reducing water consumption are also very important drivers for green building.

LEED offers a powerful case for conservation and action. The green building industry has shown the world that sustainability is profitable, and that profitability is sustainable.

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