The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) ranked the top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the United States, and it didn’t have to look very far to find the frontrunner.
According to the rankings, which are based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014, Canada tops the countries outside the U.S. that most demonstrate the global reach of the movement.
The U.S.’s northern neighbors span 17.74 million GSM of LEED space. Collectively, Canada boasts 4,068 total LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 58.66 million total GSM of LEED space.
“The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president of USGBC. “LEED’s success across a wide variety of cultures, climates and communities represents not only a growing recognition of its demonstrated benefits for human health and operational cost savings, but also its unparalleled potential to be part of the solution to a warming planet and rising sea levels.”
According to the USGBC, to date, projects teams in more than 140 countries and territories have implemented LEED in their building projects. China and India, two of the world’s fastest growing economies and rapid adopters of sustainable building practices, took second and third place on the list, respectively boasting 14.30 million and 11.64 million GSM of LEED-certified space.
Collectively, more than 59,000 commercial and institutional projects are participating in LEED, representing 967 million GSM of construction space worldwide, according to USGBC.