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“Green” building in India: a comparative and spatial analysis of the LEED-India and GRIHA rating systems

Asian Geographer, Volume 32,  Issue 2, 2015

With an urban population exceeding that of the entire USA, India has two systems for encouraging environmentally sustainable growth for its rapidly growing urban population. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-India is associated with the internationally known LEED program, which is administered in India by the Indian Green Business Council. Meanwhile, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) developed GRIHA (the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment). This indigenous green building standard is similar to the LEED system in recognizing development that meets certain environmental and sustainable development practices. This paper seeks to provide an overview of the LEED-India and GRIHA programs and examine the spatial dynamics of projects developed under LEED-India and GRIHA requirements. In the end, this analysis will provide important insight into these two competing urban sustainability programs in India and begin a discussion of the merits of each.

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10225706.2015.1020065

Courtesy: T&F

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