Sustainability & Rating Systems


Sustainability & Rating Systems

Meeting place for people working or interested in sustainable development, including rating systems and professional accreditation exams

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R-2000 (Canada)

R-2000 homes are the most energy-efficient and environmentally responsible new homes on the market. R-2000 homes are extraordinary homes. They are built to demanding standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality that far surpass others in the marketplace. They are designed and constructed by extraordinary builders, who are committed to providing the very best for their customers. They are backed by a quality assurance process that�s unique in the industry. And every R-2000 home is certified by the Government of Canada.


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings� performance. LEED (Canada) LEED (India) LEED (US)

GRIHA (India)

GRIHA, an acronym for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment, is the National Rating System of India. It has been conceived by TERI and developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. It is a green building 'design evaluation system', and is suitable for all kinds of buildings in different climatic zones of the country.

Green Star (Australia)

Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and, with 11 per cent of Australia's CBD commercial office buildings Green Star certified, building green is now a business imperative.

Green Globes (Canada & US)

The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building�s environmental attributes through third-party verification.

CASBEE (Japan)

CASBEE (Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency) has been instrumental in spearheading the environmental performance assessment of buildings in Japan. Currently, the enhancement and diffusion of CASBEE in Japan are being promoted under the MLIT Environmental Action Plan (June 2004) and the Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan.

Green Star (New Zealand)

Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating scheme that evaluates the environmental attributes and performance of New Zealand�s buildings using a suit of rating tool kits developed to be applicable to each building type and function. Green Star was developed by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) in partnership with the building industry.


BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.


MINERGIE is a sustainability brand for new and refurbished buildings. It is mutually supported by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss Cantons along with Trade and Industry and is registered in Switzerland and around the world and defended firmly against unlicensed use. A wholesome level of comfort is made possible by high-grade building envelopes and the continuous renewal of air.


Discussion Forum

USGBC vs IGBC Leed Accredition

Started by Himadri Mayank. Last reply by Arpita Ray Feb 17, 2011. 7 Replies


Started by M. Prabhakar Rao Feb 10, 2010. 0 Replies

Upfront cost vs Payback period of a Green Building

Started by Himadri Mayank. Last reply by Himadri Mayank Mar 15, 2009. 1 Reply

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Comment by Vishal Charles on June 29, 2011 at 8:56pm
Comment by M. Prabhakar Rao on March 5, 2010 at 3:29pm
I have sound knowledge in design coordination, project implementation & certification of Green Building Projects, under LEED India, IGBC Green Homes, Green Factory Building, Green SEZs/Green IT Parks, TeriGriha, Eco-housing.

Please contact,
M: 09052587593.

Comment by Vishal Charles on October 18, 2009 at 5:10am
check out my blog post on Solar Decathlon 2009

Comment by Vishal Charles on August 19, 2009 at 6:58pm
For those looking for additional preparation materials for the new LEED exams check out
I'm not endorsing it in any way- just providing the link as a reference.
Comment by Nadine Bouler on May 2, 2009 at 5:50am
Our firm is a member of USGBC's Long Island chapter in NY-- but we are in the midst of investigating LEED certification. My concern is that certification will be time consuming and bureaucratic-- another hoop to jump through. Our goal should be to encourage more energy efficient practices, not another layer of paperwork, no?
Comment by ny306 on March 14, 2009 at 8:23pm
I have heard rather scary things about LEED 2009 - Continuing Ed, Expensive test, 4 hour exams ... and the list goes on.
2.2 comes to an end of March. Test takers out there should consider registering for their tests before March 31. Good Luck!

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