Canada ranks second in Top 10 countries for LEED green building

Washington, D.C., Dec. 14, 2016 – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Canada has placed second in USGBC’s annual ranking of the Top 10 Countries for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the United States that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and operations and represent the ever-growing international demand for LEED-certified green buildings.

“As we grow the sustainability movement from buildings to communities to cities, it is leaders in the international community like Canada that are driving market transformation across the globe,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and chief executive officer of USGBC. “With a focus on LEED and green buildings, Canada is prioritizing environmental and human health in the built environment on a holistic scale and helping us get one step closer to a green building for all within this generation.”

This year, Canada has 34.39 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space and an additional 90.36 million cumulative GSM of LEED-certified and -registered space, totaling 6,082 projects participating in LEED across the country. The total number of LEED certified projects in Canada (all types) now sits at 2,937.

Canada is part of a growing international trend as global green building is expected to double every three years, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC was a contributing partner. Conducted in 70 countries, the report found that emerging economies will continue to be engines of green growth, with development varying from twofold to sixfold over current green building levels. Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.​​

LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative commercial LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016. The full Top 10 Countries for LEED ranking is as follows:


Rank

Country Name

Certified Gross

Square Meters*

Certified Number

of Projects

1

China

34.62

931

2

Canada

34.39

2,586

3

India

15.90

644

4

Brazil

7.43

380

5

Republic of Korea

5.95

97

6

Taiwan

5.66

99

7

Germany

5.03

215

8

Turkey

4.78

191

9

Sweden

3.88

210

10

United Arab Emirates

3.64

180


United States

336.84

27,699


*Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data reported as of December 2016.

** The United States, where LEED originated, is not included in this list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED.


Currently, there are more than 82,000 commercial projects participating in LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, totaling more than 1.4 billion GSM of space worldwide with an additional 112,000 residential units that have been certified under LEED Homes. An estimated 170,000 GSM of space achieves LEED certification every day in more than 162 countries and territories across the globe.

As buildings currently account for an estimated one third of global emissions, green buildings are one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change as they generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits. Last year, USGBC joined 25 other green building councils from around the world to commit to scaling the use of LEED over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming. USGBC is working toward a Net Zero Carbon designation to recognize leaders in the building sector, and to drive reductions in the carbon footprint across the buildings sector as is necessary for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, which Canada signed earlier this year.

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About the U.S. Green Building Council

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Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.