U.S. Green Building Council releases the annual Top 10 States for LEED in India

Published on: 
18 Jun 2019
Author: 
Sarah Merricks

Maharashtra tops the list, followed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh

18 Tuesday 2019 – (Mumbai, India) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the list of India’s Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. This is the second year that the list has been released in India and it ranks states in terms of cumulative gross square feet (GSF) of LEED-certified space as of December 31, 2018. 

“India’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and moving towards efficient measures has gained global recognition. This is in large part due to strong leadership from our government. India has been a long-time leader in green building, and in recent years has become an engine of green growth. In fact, India is now the fourth largest market in the world for LEED with more than 2,900 registered and certified commercial projects participating in LEED, totaling more than 1.39 billion square feet” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Inc. (GBCI). 

“Many government buildings have chosen to certify to LEED and several government agencies and entities, including key state governments such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, have started offering incentives around LEED. And businesses, educational institutions and nonprofits touching every sector in India are also embracing LEED. By using LEED, they are working to strategically address some of the most critical social and environmental concerns of our time and raise the living standard for the people in their communities. We are proud to partner with these leaders and look forward to LEED’s continued growth across the nation. ”   

LEED is an international symbol of sustainability excellence that signifies a building is lowering carbon emissions, conserving resources and cutting costs, while prioritizing sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment. Buildings that are LEED-certified create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce air pollution, provide cleaner air indoors and save money for businesses and families. They also generate fewer emissions compared to traditional buildings — not only during the construction stage but also after they are occupied and throughout the entire lifecycle of a building.

From the states mapped, Maharashtra tops the list, followed by Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Haryana. The Top 10 states for LEED are home to more than 840 million Indians, and together include more than 475 million gross square feet of LEED-certified space. The detailed rankings are included below:

Rank State Number of LEED-
certified projects
Certified Gross Square Footage
(GSF) in millions

1

Maharashtra

334

106,057,234

2

Karnataka

232

85,887,580

3

Tamil Nadu

157

58,809,553

4

Haryana

125

56,351,837

5

Uttar Pradesh

82

45,734,497

6

Telangana

91

40,609,702

7

Delhi

57

27,929,152

8

Gujarat

53

23,990,638

9

West Bengal

35

20,898,539

10

Rajasthan

19

9,221,494