Green­build In­dia

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One of our main fo­cus is pre­par­ing for the next 20+ years and sus­tain­ing LEED'S ex­plo­sive growth tra­jec­tory, writes Ma­hesh Ra­manu­jam, Pres­i­dent & CEO, USGBC and GBCI

One of our main fo­cus is pre­par­ing for the next 20+ years and sus­tain­ing LEED’S ex­plo­sive growth tra­jec­tory. So, in the last few years, we have shifted our vi­sion to pre­pare our­selves for the fu­ture, writes Ma­hesh Ra­manu­jam, Pres­i­dent & CEO, U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil (USGBC) and Green Busi­ness Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Inc. (GBCI)

More than 20 years ago, the USGBC started as a vi­sion; to­day, it is an un­par­al­leled com­mu­nity of sus­tain­abil­ity-fo­cused and like-minded peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for an­chor­ing one of the most im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal move­ments of our time. In 2000, the very first LEED green build­ings were cer­ti­fied, pro­pel­ling the multi-bil­lion-dol­lar global green build­ing in­dus­try and spurring ex­plo­sive growth in en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, green build­ings across the globe.

In 2008, USGBC cre­ated GBCI, an in­de­pen­dent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and cre­den­tial­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, to ac­cel­er­ate the mis­sion of USGBC and the adop­tion of LEED. In 2015, USGBC in­cor­po­rated GBCI in In­dia and opened an of­fice in Gur­gaon, to pro­vide stronger, on-the-ground cus­tomer sup­port for re­gional project teams. This new op­er­a­tional hub bet­ter po­si­tions GBCI to de­liver fullser­vice on­site cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

GBCI works with busi­ness and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to help ad­dress and meet the pri­or­ity needs of a rapidly ur­ban­iz­ing In­dia. Its new of­fice im­proves In­dia’s ac­cess to re­sources, help­ing ac­cel­er­ate the green­ing of the na­tion’s built en­vi­ron­ment.

To­day, LEED is the most widely used green build­ing rat­ing pro­gram in the world, and one of the sin­gle most pow­er­ful eco­nomic devel­op­ment tools for re­vi­tal­iz­ing and scal­ing sus­tain­able build­ings across the globe. LEED has be­come a full-scale global move­ment, with nearly 90,000 reg­is­tered and cer­ti­fied projects and more than 19.15 bil­lion square feet par­tic­i­pat­ing in LEED across 165 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries. Ev­ery day, 2.2 mil­lion square feet of build­ing space cer­ti­fies to LEED.

Build­ings are re­spon­si­ble for an enor­mous amount of global en­ergy use, re­source con­sump­tion and green­house gas emis­sions. As the de­mand for more sus­tain­able build­ing op­tions in­creases, green con­struc­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly prof­itable and de­sir­able within the in­ter­na­tional con­struc­tion mar­ket.

In the United States alone, build­ings ac­count for al­most 40% of na­tional CO2 emis­sions and out-con­sume both the in­dus­trial and trans­porta­tion sec­tors. But Leed-cer­ti­fied build­ings have 34% lower CO2 emis­sions, con­sume 25% less en­ergy and 11% less wa­ter, and have di­verted more than 80 mil­lion tons of waste from land­fills.

The mar­ket is re­spond­ing to these cost sav­ings and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits at a dra­matic rate. Ac­cord­ing to a Dodge Data & An­a­lyt­ics World Green Build­ing Trends 2016 Smart­mar­ket Re­port, the global green build­ing sec­tor con­tin­ues to dou­ble ev­ery three years, with sur­vey re­spon­dents from 70 coun­tries re­port­ing 60% of their projects will be green by 2018.

Green build­ing is cost-ef­fec­tive

• Up­front in­vest­ment in green build­ing makes prop­er­ties more valu­able, with an av­er­age ex­pected in­crease in value of 4 per­cent. By virtue of low­ered main­te­nance and en­ergy costs, the re­turn on in­vest­ment from green build­ing is rapid; green retro­fit projects are gen­er­ally ex­pected to pay for it­self in just seven years. • Green build­ings re­duce day-to-day costs yearover-year. LEED build­ings re­port al­most 20% lower main­te­nance costs than typ­i­cal com­mer­cial build­ings, and green build­ing retro­fit projects typ­i­cally de­crease op­er­a­tion costs by al­most 10% in just one year. • Be­tween 2015 and 2018, Leed-cer­ti­fied build­ings in the United States are es­ti­mated to have $1.2 bil­lion in en­ergy sav­ings, $149.5 mil­lion in wa­ter sav­ings, $715.2 mil­lion in main­te­nance sav­ings, and $54.2 mil­lion in waste sav­ings.

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