India demonstrates leadership through LEED for existing buildings

Can we talk LEED v4.1 for cities?!? The USGBC and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) have formally launched new, technical guidance to advance LEED for existing buildings in India. With the new launch of LEED v4.1 for cities, India will Lead in LEED. That’s as launched as part of the annual GRIHA Summit held in New Delhi.

In India, as energy consumption rises and cities grapple with some of the world’s worst air pollution. So greening India’s existing building stock is paramount. Therefore existing buildings hold most noteworthy incredible promise. It can take up to 80 years making up for the environmental impacts. So let’s not be demolishing an old building and constructing a new one. That’s even if the resulting building is extremely energy efficient.

View notable LEED-certified existing building projects in India covering a diversity of sectors here.

However, as wanted for LEED and I n order to scale globally, it is critical that all cities measure and improve performance. So our LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems address this. All by providing a framework for measuring, managing and improving the performance for economies, the environment and people. Today, we announced the latest version of this rating system—the launch of LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities.

Working with partners around the globe

So the new LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities rating systems are the result of a decade of engagement with local sustainability leaders, planners, city and local government officials and developers. During the development of LEED v4.1, LEED worked with over 140 city and community projects around the world to raise the stakes.

Oberoi Mall LimitedLEED Gold 2013, Mumbai

Here’s the first mall in India and as well third mall in the world to receive LEED Gold.

ITC Maurya HotelLEED Platinum, Mumbai

Finally and most noteworthy the first hotel in the world to earn LEED Platinum!

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