Maharashtra has the highest number of LEED-certified projects, thus, topping the list of Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) of ten states for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in India. The US Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is a rating system which assesses the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.
As per GBCI’s list, in terms of cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space, Maharashtra topped the list with 10,258,564 sq m closely followed by Karnataka with 9,691,621 sq m of certified space. As of 31 December 2019, these two states had 373 and 301 LEED-certified projects respectively. Beating last year’s 2nd runner up, Tamil Nadu, Haryana claimed the third spot in the list this year. The rest of the list comprised Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Gujarat, West Bengal and Rajasthan placed in the 4th till the 10th spot respectively. GBCI’s data also suggests that these top 10 states are home to more than 843 million Indians and have more than 48.3 million gross square meters of LEED-certified space. On the other hand, the country cumulatively has more than 1,400 LEED-certified buildings including schools, hospitals, offices, residential buildings and more.