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16 Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam President, Green Building Certification Institute & Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Green Building Council “Integrating GBCI’s affiliated rating systems – whether collectively or individually–into the Smart Cities concept enables project leaders to selectively customize their rating system selection to provide maximum structure and cohesion to their projects” Energetica India talks to Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam; President, Green Building Certification Institute; & Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Green Building Council to know more about GBCI, its success in India & its role in India’s Smart Cities Ambition. ENERGETICA INDIA: Please introduce us to GBCI MAHESH RAMANUJAM: The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®), the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) program,and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. GBCI is comprised of 140+ staff experts and 600 consultants apportioned into three teams that form a paramount organization through certification, credentialing and customer support. GBCI supports pro- GBCI is comprised of 140+ staff experts and 600 consultants apportioned into three teams that form a paramount organization through certification, credentialing and customer support energetica INDIA · MAR | APR16 INTERVIEW


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