IGBC Green Resorts

The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the service sectors by contributing about 9.6 % GDP and 8% of the total employment in India. Hospitality in India has significant potential considering the rich cultural and historical heritage, variety in ecology, terrains and places of natural beauty spread across the country. The challenges in this sector lie in successfully preserving these in their original form, and making them accessible to domestic and international travellers, together with safeguarding the economic interest and heritage of local communities. Increased footfall of tourists and the explosive growth of the industry over the past decade have produced significant impacts on natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems.

This has reiterated the need for a more responsible planning and management of this industry in order to minimize its negative impacts by addressing issues like water conservation, energy efficiency and handling of waste. Also maximise its potential for a sustainable development along with enhancing the guests' experience and well- being.

Against this background, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has launched IGBC Green Resorts rating system® to address the need of sustainable development in hospitality sector. This rating programme is a tool which enables the designer to apply green concepts and reduce environmental impacts that are measurable. The rating programme covers methodologies to cover diverse climatic zones and variety in ecology.


With the global emphasis on sustainability and combating climate change, the IGBC Green Resorts rating system creates a major opportunity to position the hospitality sector experience as a unique guests takeaway in a low-impact way. The IGBC Green Resorts Rating System creates awareness amongst guests about the emissions caused due to their travel and its impact on environment. The rating is sensitising the guests on adopting green lifestyle making their experience during stay create an eternal impression..

The rating offers the following tangible and intangible benefits to the resort owner:

  • The tangible benefit is reduction in water and energy consumption right from day one of operation. The energy and water savings could range from 20 to 30 %.
  • The intangible benefits of green resorts include enhanced brand image and attracting environmentally conscious national and international guests

The IGBC Green Resorts rating system creates a win-win situation for all the stakeholders of a resort Guest, Owner and Society.


IGBC Green Resorts rating system® addresses green features under the following categories:

  • Guest Experience
  • Resort Design and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Landscape
  • Resort Facility Management
  • Societal Contribution
  • Innovation and Development

The guidelines detailed under each credit enables the design and operation of resorts of all sizes. Different levels of green building certification are awarded based on the total credits earned. However, every green resort should meet mandatory requirements, which are non-negotiable


IGBC Green Resorts rating system® is designed for resorts, both existing and newly constructed of any size and typology. The newly constructed resorts should be operational for at least three months before applying for rating.

Certification Level

The threshold criteria for certification levels are as under:

Certification Level Credit Points Recognition
Certified 40 - 49 Best Practices
Silver 50 - 59 Outstanding Performance
Gold 60 - 74 National Excellence
Platinum 75 - 100 Global Leadership

IGBC will recognize Green Resorts that achieve one of the rating levels with a formal letter of certification and a mountable plaque.

Fee Structure

Registration Fee
Category Registration Fee(Rs)
IGBC Member Rs 25,000
IGBC Non-Member Rs 30,000
Certification Fee
Category 5,000 sq.m and below 5,001 sq.m to 50,000 sq.m 50,001 sq.m and above
Founding Members Rs 1,90,000 Rs 1,90,000 plus Rs. 11.75 per additional sq.m & above 5,000 sq.m Rs 7,20,000
IGBC Annual Members Rs 2,00,000 Rs 2,00,000 plus Rs. 12 per additional sq.m & above 5,000 sq.m Rs 7,40,000
IGBC Non-Annual Members Rs 2,10,000 Rs 2,10,000 plus Rs. 12 per additional sq.m & above 5,000 sq.m Rs 7,50,000
  • Parking areas need not be considered as part of the built-up area
  • Registration and Certification Fee is exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Registration and Certification fee are non-refundable
  • Membership discounts can be availed only if the Project Owner or Developer is a member of IGBC
Payment Details:
  • Payment can be done through Online options - Debit Card, Credit Card and Net Banking.

Note: Upgraded Version 2 will be applicable with effect from 1 Dec 2022. All submittals after this sunset date, shall have to submit as per IGBC Green Resorts Rating System Ver 2.0. Kindly note that there are minor additions / changes /relaxed few thresholds in Ver 2.0 to address wide variety of typologies and climatic conditions.

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