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Tamil Nadu ranks 1 st in the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of Top 10 States for LEED

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Followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi

Chennai, India – (4 th May, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the list of India’s Top 10 States for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the world’s most widely used green building rating system. This is the first time the list has been released in India and it ranks states in terms of gross square feet (GSF) of LEED certified space overall.

“India continues to be a leader in the green building movement and the states listed here have shown exceptional leadership and dedication to creating a more sustainable built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). “India has seen robust growth in the number of green buildings certified under LEED across all sectors. The leaders, policy makers and developers in India are all working toward a common goal of sustainability. We hope this list encourages the use of LEED and sustainable practices in more states across the country while driving enthusiasm amongst leaders to be a part of this change.”

LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water, save money for families, businesses and communities, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for occupants and the community at large.

From the states mapped, Tamil Nadu tops the list, followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi, the detailed rankings are mentioned below:

Rank State

Number of

Certified Gross
Square Footage
(GSF) in millions
1 Tamil Nadu                          118                 49,153,982
2 Maharashtra                       205                36,749,005
3 Karnataka                           149                  35,600,317
4 Haryana                              79                    30,927,777
5 Delhi                                    40                    23,873,246
6 Telangana                           57                     19,440,874
7 Uttar Pradesh                    47                     11,184,070
8 West Bengal                      21                      10,948,316
9 Gujarat                               25                     3,210,632
10 Punjab                              10                     2,038,562

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 93,000 projects are currently participating in the commercial LEED rating systems, comprising more than 19.8 billion square feet of construction space in 167 countries and territories. In addition, more than 1.6 million are registered or certified with LEED. Learn more at and review the Foundations of LEED development process.

The Top 10 States for LEED were announced at the Greenbuild India 2018 Cultivation event at the JW Marriott Sahar. Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference and expo platform, is coming to Mumbai Nov. 15-18, 2018. For more information visit

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

For more information, please visit and follow @GBCI_India on Twitter. For more information, please visit Follow @GBCI_India on twitter and tag photos with #LEEDOn on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter.

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