According to reports, it will soon be possible to rate buildings according to their environmental friendliness. The upgraded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2011(LEED 2011 for India) rating system for green buildings was launched by the Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, on Thursday.
The new rating comes into effect immediately and seeks to ensure energy efficiency and sustainable buildings. LEED 2011 was organised by the Indian Green Building Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry).
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abdullah urged the delegates to develop new technologies and materials at lower prices so that green homes become accessible for the common man. “Our Ministry would be glad to co-operate with CII in further accelerating the green building movement in India,” he added.
According to the CII, the green building movement needs to be seen in the context of the overall response to climate change and the challenges in energy security.