IGBC Green Landscapes
IGBC has set up the Green Landscape Core Committee to develop the pilot rating programme. This committee comprised of key stakeholders including architects, landscape architects, builders, consultants, developers, horticulturist, academicians, botanist and industry representatives. The varied experience and professions of the committee members brings in a holistic perspective in the process of developing the rating programme.
IGBC Green Landscape Rating System is a voluntary and consensus based programme. The rating system has been developed based on practices and technologies that are presently available. The objective of IGBC Green Landscape Rating System is to facilitate creation of comfortable and environmentally friendly landscape for people. Rating system is evolved so as to be comprehensive and at the same time user-friendly. The programme is fundamentally designed to enhance quality of life for users and address national priorities. The rating programme uses well accepted National standards. Wherever local or National standards are not available, appropriate international benchmarks have been considered.
Green Landscapes can have tremendous benefits, both tangible and intangible. The most tangible benefits are the reduction in potable water, better handling of waste and energy efficiency. Intangible benefits include a serene experience for the user, enhanced biodiversity and protection & enriching of top soil.
The project team can evaluate all the possible points to apply under the rating system using a suitable checklist. The project can apply for IGBC Landscapes certification if it can meet all mandatory requirements and achieve the minimum required points.
- Site Selection and Planning
- Selection of Species for Landscape
- Material Selection
- Health & Well being
- Water Conservation
- Energy Efficiency
- Operation and Maintenance
- Innovation & Design Process
IGBC Green Landscape Rating System is a measurement system designed for rating new and existing parks/gardens, which are broadly classified into two categories:
1. Small parks/gardens (< 5 acres)
2. Large parks/gardens (> 5 acres)
Landscape facilities in Airport/ Amusement Parks/ Botanical Garden/ Campus/ Clubs/ Commercial/ Community parks/ Convention centre/ Film cities & similar facilities/ Golf course/ Government offices/ Guest houses/ Heritage sites/ Hospitals/ Hotels/ Industrial/ Institutional/ IT parks/ Memorial Parks/ Residential/ Resorts/ Retail/ SEZ's and Temples can apply the rating tool.
The park/ garden should be a single parcel of land, and it cannot be in multiple pockets, beyond the site boundary.
In general, any landscapes (private or public) which can meet the mandatory requirements and minimum credit requirements can apply. Various levels of certification are awarded based on the total points earned.
When to use IGBC Green Landscapes
IGBC Green Landscape Rating System is designed both for existing and new landscapes. The project team can evaluate all the possible points to apply under the rating system using a checklist. The project can apply for IGBC Green Landscape, certification if it can meet all mandatory requirements and achieve the minimum required points.
The guidelines detailed under each mandatory requirement & credit enables the design and construction of green landscapes of all sizes and types. Different levels of certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. However, every Green Landscape should meet certain mandatory requirements, which are non-negotiable.
The threshold criteria for certification/pre-certification levels are as under:
|Certification Leve||Small Parks- area less than 5 acres||Large Parks- area greater than 5 acres||Large Parks- area|
|Certified||45 - 53||50 - 59||Best Practices|
|Silver||54 - 62||60 - 69||Outstanding Performance|
|Gold||63 - 71||70 - 79||National Excellence|
|Platinum||60 - 75||72 - 90||Global Leadership|