A sustainable garment manufacturer and exporter based in Bangladesh, KDS IDR Limited, a sister concern of KDS Group, has received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certificate from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the Leed O+M: Existing Buildings 4.1 rating system with a score of 84. It is a great achievement for KDS Group and its sustainability endeavors.
Bangladesh is a world leader in green garment building and KDS IDR is the latest addition of this list raising the total number of environment-friendly establishments in the apparel sector to 187. Among these 63 are platinum, 110 are gold, 10 are silver and 4 are certified.
KDS Group is one of Bangladesh’s most renowned business and industrial conglomerates, founded in the port city of Chittagong but now expanding operations across the globe. By setting up offices and agencies in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK, with plans to expand to the US, the group is thus paving the way to become a Bangladeshi-based multinational.
The group was founded in 1983, through the establishment of one of the first garments industries of Bangladesh. Over the past 40 years, KDS Group has reached this stage through innovation, dynamism, tireless hard work.
To be certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), one of the world’s greenest building certification bodies established in 1993, a project must meet the highest standards from construction to manufacturing under the supervision of the USGBC.
LEED Certified Green buildings are becoming a norm in Bangladesh as many builders are opting to construct energy-efficient, low-maintenance buildings.
The council honors factories based on several criteria – transformation performance, energy, water, and waste management. The best performers are rated with platinum, followed by gold and silver.