Jan 2020

Karnataka ranks 2nd in GBCI India’s list of Top 10 States for LEED in India


GBCI India (Green Business Certification Inc.) 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 third year that the top 10 has been released in India, ranking Indian states in terms of cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space.

“India continues to be a global leader in green building. By pursing LEED certification for buildings and spaces, India is not only contributing to economic growth and development, but actively raising the living standard for its residents by providing more resilient, healthier and efficient buildings and communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. “Next month at Greenbuild India in Bengaluru, I look forward to convening with green building experts from all over the country as we work to build a more sustainable future for all people.”

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. Maharashtra tops the list, followed by Karnataka, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. In a change from last year, Haryana has moved up in the list, edging out Tamil Nadu for the third spot. The Top 10 states for LEED are home to more than 843 million Indians, and together include more than 48.3 million gross square meters of LEED-certified space. The detailed rankings are included below:




 Number of  LEED-certified projects

 Certified Gross Square Meters (GSM)














 Tamil Nadu




 Uttar Pradesh
















 West Bengal







*As of December 31, 2019

India boasts more than 1,400 LEED-certified buildings and include schools, hospitals, offices, residential buildings and more. 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 February 6-7, 2020 at the LEED-certified ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru, the country’s green building leaders will convene for Greenbuild India, the flagship event for sustainability professionals. The conference programming will explore the latest in LEED, as well as sustainable practices and technologies that are enabling green building to be a critical solution in addressing pressing environmental challenges. Greenbuild India offers in-depth education sessions, powerful Opening and Closing Plenary keynotes and an opportunity to celebrate leadership across the country. 

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 100,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial LEED rating systems, comprising more than 23 billion square feet of construction space in 176 countries and territories. 

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, RELi for resilient design and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. 

About Greenbuild India

The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. Greenbuild India 2020 will take place in Bengaluru, India. Greenbuild India offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues.

Attend Greenbuild India to hear from leaders on their vision about the future of green building in India, learn about current research and best practices, connect with sustainability experts, and see innovative technologies and products to take your projects to the next level. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Greenbuild is a multi-year recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award. 

Updated: 21 Jan 2020
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