Hyderabad: Telangana is riding a major sustainability wave. By prioritising green building practices to create a healthier environment, the State has been ranked at sixth place in India with 106 LEED certified green building projects in 2019 with 44 mn sft of built-up area. The State has all the ability to climb up the charts soon, points out Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI) India.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an international benchmark of sustainability excellence that signifies a building is lowering carbon emissions, conserving resources and cutting costs, while prioritising sustainable practices and creating a healthier environment.
Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, MD, APAC and Middle East, Green Business Certification Inc, told Telangana Today, “Telangana, though ranked sixth nationally, is one of the fastest growing States in the sustainability perspective. Good thing with the State is that every private sector is making a conscious effort-be it commercial, hospitality, airport, manufacturing, healthcare, education, data centres, retail or warehouses. All the private companies in the wide spectrum of sectors have adopted green. There is also adequate leadership that is driving this change in each of the sectors and setting benchmarks for the other players to emulate the model and inspire green.”
“There is a lot of collaborative learning happening across sectors in Telangana where best practices are being exchanged. Also there is a healthy competition among brands to go green. Sustainability is not for certification but has become a continuous journey. With Hyderabad creating best climate to do business, Telangana, driven by its capital, will soon climb up the ladder,” he added.
There is a need for capacity building in creating green building professionals in the State as it currently accounts for 4-5 per cent of the country’s skill base of 1,000 professionals. With the kind of faster growth that is happening in Telangana, in the next 4-5 years, the State will account for close to 9-12 per cent of the green building stock. By then, architectural and engineering colleges in the State should gear up for creating the needed skill base.
Padmanabhan said, “GBCI is keen to work with these colleges in Hyderabad for skill development and can even extend this and other green initiatives to the next level cities in the State such as Warangal, Nizamabad and Karimnagar.”
India boasts of more than 1,400 LEED-certified buildings-schools, hospitals, offices, residential buildings and more. The country ranks fourth after the US, Canada and China in the green buildings footprint. The top 10 States for LEED are home to more than 843 million Indians, and together include more than 48.3 million gross square meters (520 million sft) of LEED-certified space. Telangana is fast catching up and will be one of the top States that will drive green culture in the nation, noted Padmanabhan.