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CII- Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) launches LEED 2011 for India at ACREX India 2011
Today Ms Lynn Bellenger, President, ASHRAE, Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and Mr Mark MacCracken, Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors launched the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) 2011 Green Building Rating System for India at ACREX India 2011, signifying a major milestone in the green building movement in India.

The following are the major features of LEED 2011:

Enhancement in energy and water efficiency baselines

Promotes naturally ventilated buildings

Encourages passive technologies

In tune with local regulations and standards

Adopts the latest versions of standards and codes

The LEED-India, which was launched in 2007, received overwhelming response from the industry. Based on the various feedback and experiences of the implemented projects, the rating system is now upgraded and will be called 'LEED 2011 for India',.

The Green Building Movement in India, pioneered by the CII- Indian Green Building Council today has made significant inroads.

Today, India has over 955 registered green building projects with a foot print of over 606 million sq.ft., which stands amongst the top 3 countries to have a large green building footprint. This has largely been possible due to involvement of various stakeholders of the building sector-architects, builders, developers, manufacturers, consultants, etc.,

The various Rating Systems of IGBC have emerged as the national choice of the stakeholders, which enjoys a global image & credibility, while ensuring the best performance.

Rating systems of IGBC cover varied building types and development, viz., Homes, commercial buildings, Commercial Interiors, Existing buildings, Factory buildings, Schools, SEZ and Townships.

The launch of LEED 2011 green building rating system is an important milestone for the country, which would pave way for design and construction of some of the best green buildings in India, said Mr S Raghupathy, Senior Director & Head, CII-Godrej GBC.

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