LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a global, regional and local green building rating system that provides third-party verification of the features, design, construction, maintenance, operation and effectiveness of green buildings.
Developed and maintained by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is a simple and effective program for navigating complex, often competing building and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide. It is a tool that can be used to improve the environment, create better performing buildings and enhance public health. With specific achievement paths built in, LEED is designed for use in a variety of climates and localities, often synching with local laws and requirements.
This report provides an account of the factors that have led to nearly 2,000 buildings participating in the rating system in the Indian subcontinent. Mahesh Ramanujam, Chief Operating Officer, USGBC, said in a statement, “LEED’s success in India can be attributed to a number of factors, especially the widespread recognition by Indian business leaders and government officials that India’s rapid economic growth must be accompanied by a substantial investment in sustainable infrastructure.