Canada Ranks Second in the World for LEED Certified Buildings in 2021

Green buildings are part of climate action and support healthy, resilient communities

Staff on February 9, 2022

Green Building

Green buildings are part of climate action and support healthy, resilient communities

OTTAWA, ON, (Feb. 9, 2022) – Today, the Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) announced that Canada ranked second globally on the annual list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED in 2021. In 2021, Canada certified 205 projects, representing more than 3.2 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED space.

The global LEED ranking is released annually by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It highlights countries and territories outside the United States that are making significant strides in healthy, sustainable and resilient building design, construction and operations.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient green buildings with positive returns on investment.

“Over the last two decades, CAGBC members, stakeholders and supporters have demonstrated how certified green buildings support our economy, create jobs and are better for both people and the planet,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CAGBC. “There is much work to be done to meet Canada’s climate and environmental goals. In this critical decade for climate and environmental action, we must accelerate LEED adoption across the building sector to achieve high levels of performance including the pursuit of net-zero carbon emissions. The owners and teams with certified LEED projects have made tremendous progress and are an inspiration as we build our way forward to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.”

Looking at the global picture

Mainland China topped the list with more than 14 million GSM certified to LEED in 2021, followed by Canada, India, Republic of Korea and Spain. These top five countries represent the ever-growing international demand for certified LEED green buildings that help reduce environmental impact and support health and well-being. The list ranks countries in terms of GSM of space certified in 2021. The U.S. is not included in the list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED with more than 26 million GSM of certified space in 2021.

The full ranking is as follows:

Top 10 Countries & Regions for LEED in 2021

 Rank Country/Region Project count Square FeetSquare meter 
 1Mainland China  1,077152,325,125.75  14,151,480.95
 2 Canada 205 34,530,920.953,208,030.63
 3 India 146 30,337,364.12  2,818,436.08
 4 Republic of Korea 42 16,768,269.121,557,824.68
 5 Spain 100 16,107,100.54  1,496,400.05
 6 United Arab Emirates 73 13,733,832.33 1,275,916.01
 7 Brazil 89 13,366,776.03 1,241,815.33
 8 Italy 106 12,543,738.44 1,165,352.56
 9 Mexico 47 10,285,729.57 955,576.47
 10 Taiwan, China 31 9,619,570.52 893,688.21

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