India is third in green building rankings

The country secured the third position this year in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a green building rating system. China, currently battling red-level hazardous smog, led the rankings and was followed by Canada.

Buildings account for an estimated one-third of global emissions and a green certification provides cost-effective solutions to climate change as such structures generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits. India leads in the rankings because it has 15.90 million gross square metres (GSM) of LEED-certified space and an additional 89.28 million cumulative GSM of LEED-certified and registered space. About 2,386 projects are participating in LEED across the country.

India is also among the top 10 countries outside the United States making progress in sustainable building design, construction, and operations.

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