Why Get Certified

In India and in a number of other countries around the world, Green Building certifications from IGBC, TERI-GRIHA or USGBC are the recognized standards for measuring building sustainability. Achieving GB (Green Building) certification is the best way for you to demonstrate that your building project is truly "green". GB certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning a certification.

Certified Green Buildings are leading the transformation of the built environment are designed to:
  • Perform as expected.
  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value.
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills.
  • Conserve energy and water.
  • Be healthier and comfortable for occupants.
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Demonstrate an owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
Most certifications, which includes a rigorous third-party commissioning process, offers compelling proof to you, your clients, your peers and the public at large that you've achieved your environmental goals and your building is performing as designed. Getting certified allows you take advantage of a growing number of state and local government incentives, and can help boost press interest in your project.

Economic reasons

Though the initial costs of building green may be higher than those of conventionally designed buildings, the savings generated in energy, water, maintenance, operations, and health costs offer quick investment returns, and ultimately revenues.

"The Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings," report produced by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for the State of California Sustainable Building Task force presenting a definitive cost benefit analysis of green building based on a review of LEED-certified buildings, states:

"While the environmental and human health benefits of green building have been widely recognized, this comprehensive report confirms that minimal increases in upfront costs of about 2% to support green design would, on average, result in life cycle savings of 20% of total construction costs -- more than ten times the initial investment.


A graphical representation of a Green Home
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