June 12, 2024

LEED certification

  • According to the Green Business Certification Inc. and US Green Building Council, India ranks first globally in LEED Zero-certified green building projects surpassing the US and China.
  • India has 73 LEED Zero certified projects, comprising 45% of the more than 150 total LEED Zero certifications.
  • Haryana and Tamil Nadu are leading the way in certifications.
  • In India, realty firm DLF and FMCG player ITC are leading in the LEED Zero green certification initiative.


  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s most widely used green building rating system in the world.
  • It is available for virtually all building types.
  • This certification provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings, which offer environmental, social and governance benefits.
  • It is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.
  • To achieve LEED certification, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality.
  • This rating system is developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
  • It has 4 types of ratings: Certified<Silver<Gold<Platinum.


  • It is the national rating system of India for any completed building construction.
  • It was jointly set up by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Aim- To help design green buildings and help evaluate the ‘greenness’ of the buildings.
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