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GREEN Rating System for New Constructions

The natural environment together with our economy, health and productivity are immensely affected by the performance of the built environment. According to the Global Status Report 2020, CO2 emissions from the operation of buildings have increased to their highest level yet at around 28% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions. With the inclusion of emissions from the buildings construction industry, this share increases to 38% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions while the total final energy consumption of the global buildings sector is 35%. Thus efficient design, construction and maintenance of our built environment are the responsibility of all stakeholders.

The GREENSL® Rating System of Green Building Council Sri Lanka (GBCSL) offers the valuable opportunity to respond positively to the greatest challenge of the day. It is a voluntary scheme where designers, builders and owners can achieve recognition for their valuable interest to build green.

History shows how our forefathers built great cities, irrigation systems and religious monuments that coexisted with nature and yet provided a sustainable economy and lifestyle to the citizens. This initiative of the GBCSL is one humble step towards making our society to that glorious past which we are still proud of as Sri Lankans.

The built environment sustainability will be upgraded with the new changes of the rating tool while supporting to achieve Sustainable Development Goals as well. With all these efforts, it is expected to move Sri Lanka towards a net-zero carbon-built environment by the year 2050.

This document was prepared by Green Building Council of Sri Lanka under the framework of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) full-sized project 9771: Global best practices on emerging chemical policy issues of concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This project is funded by the GEF, implemented by UNEP and executed by the SAICM Secretariat.