Green building rating systems are an important tool in measuring and evaluating the environmental performance of a building. Strategically integrated mechanical, electrical and materials systems often create substantial efficiencies, the complexity of which is not always transparent. Rating and certification systems help define green buildings in the market. They inform the buyer/ viewer how environmentally sound a building is, providing clarity to what extent green components have been incorporated and which sustainable principles and practices have been employed.
One rating system cannot be applied to all building types. Thus IGBC has launched different rating programs to suit different building types. IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) has developed IGBC – Green Homes (specifically for residential projects in India).LEED is seen as the mother of all rating systems. Most systems have been influenced by LEED rating concepts and processes. LEED India and IGBC Rating systems adopt the best of national and international standards and codes.
IGBC is developing hard and soft infrastructural mechanisms like training professionals on green building concepts and simulation, capacity building through IGBC Accredited Professional Exam, Third party assessors services of green projects, Credit Interpretation Rulings.Green buildings are considered high performance buildings. Green building rating systems are an important tool in measuring and evaluating the environmental performance of a building. With the introduction of the LEED India rating system, it is observed that there is a huge demand for efficient living and working spaces.