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Chennai leads in green building space

Is the south greener than the north? According to a report released by real estate consultancy, Chennai leads in India in terms of the number as well as the total volume of certified green building space. Varun Soni reports.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2008 23:14 IST
Varun Soni

Is the south greener than the north? So it seems, as far as construction is concerned. According to a report released by real estate consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj on Tuesday, Chennai leads in India in terms of the number as well as the total volume of certified green building space.

Out of the 17 LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system developed by the US Green Building Council — certified buildings in the country, Chennai alone is home to eight of them. This accounts for 67.3 per cent of the total green building space in India.

The ‘India Green Buildings Anthology’ report makes another startling revelation. Contrary to what most people think, in the context of the Asia Pacific region, India is ahead of China both in terms of projects certified as well as registered under LEED. While India has 17, China has only 4 certified projects.

However, experts say that the total area of green buildings registered in China exceeds that of India as large township projects as well as the Olympic Games infrastructure are going in for green certification, says the Jones Lang LaSalle Meghraj report.

Coming back to India, Kolkata is second only to Chennai with 15.7 per cent share of the total green building space, even though it has only one green building, the Technopolis.

However, with a total size of 6,50,000 square feet, the project assumes colossal proportions.

Kolkata is closely followed by the National Capital Region in the ranking with a 8.7 per cent share in the total area spread over three projects. Mumbai comes fourth with only one project and a share of 2.9 per cent. Other cities where certified green buildings have been built are Kochi, Hyderabad and Gulbarga.

“This shows that apart from the major metropolitan cities, projects registered for green building certification are spread far and wide across the country in around 12 smaller cities and towns,” the report points out.

Also, apart from residential, healthcare and hospitality projects joining the bandwagon, there are some examples of large infrastructure and township development projects also going green.

Of mention are the Hyderabad International Airport Passenger Terminal as well as an integrated township in Asansol that have been registered as green buildings, says the report.