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PRESIDENT OF INDIA INAUGURATES LEED® BUILDING
WASHINGTON, D.C. July 14, 2004 —-/WORLD-WIRE/-- President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate the first building in India to earn a rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System™, at a ceremony on July 14, 2004. The CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center located in Hyderabad, India was awarded a Platinum certification by the USGBC in October 2003.
The project hopes to set an example for green building in the country. “A LEED Platinum certification is a tremendous accomplishment, the Godrej Green Business Center building sets the bar for future green buildings within the country,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chairman.
The Godrej Green Business Center is a joint initiative of the India state government and the industrial house of Godrej and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), with technical support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Launched during the visit of former President Bill Clinton to the city in March 2000, the Godrej Green Business Center aims at promoting green business activity and is the first building outside the U.S. to get a Platinum rating. The project achieved 56 points out of a possible 69 in the LEED Rating System. The Godrej Green Business Center includes a technology/exhibition center, seminar halls and support offices. As the center for CII's green business activities, the Godrej Green Business Center also houses the India Green Building Council.
The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a feature-oriented rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. The five major environmental categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. The LEED standard has been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies as the guideline for sustainable building.
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading coalition of corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Since its founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 4,000 member companies and organizations, a 40-person professional staff, a broad portfolio of LEED® products and services, the industry’s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and a network of 67 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups.