LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system worldwide. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

KDS Group is one of the most renowned businesses and industrial conglomerates. They started their journey in the port city of Chittagong. They have now extended operations throughout the world. After establishing offices and agencies in Singapore, Hong Kong, and the UK. They have a plan to expand into the USA and North America. The group is paving the path to becoming a Bangladeshi-based multinational.

Founded in 1983, through the establishment of one of the first garments industries in Bangladesh, and over the last 28 years, through innovation, dynamism, untiring effort, and dedication, the business in terms of assets and revenues have grown exponentially by sometimes over 500% a year. The fields of business have also extended from just apparel exports to a whole array of other industries. Today the entire group can proudly declare over 500 million USD in annual revenues. They have in total over 25,000 employees, staff, and workers.

Their sewing unit KDS IDR LTD has awarded a LEED Platinum certificate on 1st February 2023. They have achieved 84 out of 100 credit benchmarks. The 283,000 sq ft building has an excellent work environment. The factory is neat and clean. They have an incineration boiler, biogas plant, SRI paint on the rooftop, rainwater harvesting system, and many more. 

Till today 187 buildings are LEED certified in Bangladesh. Among those, 109 projects are LEED Gold certified. And 58 projects are LEED Platinum Certified. 15 Projects got LEED Silver, and four buildings are just certified (40-49). 

LEAD Consulting Ltd was the consulting firm for LEED Certification Consultancy services. 

The project has good features as below:

  • They have a rainwater harvesting system
  • Installed high SRI Paint on the rooftop 
  • Installed fresh air in the office area 
  • Have incineration boiler (boiler operate thru garments waste) 
  • Enough open space 
  • Efficient waste management 
  • Separate energy and water meters 
  • Landscape area (front and rooftop) 
  • They initiated a Green awareness program 
  • They have purchased CRI certified vacuum cleaner (Taski Vento) 
The honorable Chairman of KDS Group, Mr Khalilur Rahman received the LEED Certification from Md. Golam Rahman, Managing Director and Chief Consultant of LEAD Consulting Ltd. The top management of KDS IDR Ltd was present at the ceremony.