USGBC Names Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside U.S.

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Release Date: June 2014
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The U.S. Green Building Council released a ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside the U.S. on May 1. “The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” said USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi. More than 140 countries and territories participate in the green building certification program.  Each country was ranked based upon its total gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space, total GSM of LEED-certified and registered space, and its total number of LEED-certified and -registered projects. The rankings are based on LEED data as of April 2014.

The following are the top 10 countries for LEED-certified space:

  1. Canada, 17.74 million GSM;
  2. China, 14.30 million GSM;
  3. India, 11.64 million GSM;
  4. South Korea, 3.84 million GSM; 
  5. Taiwan, 2.98 million GSM; 
  6. Germany, 2.90 million GSM; 
  7. Brazil, 2.85 million GSM;
  8. Singapore, 2.16 million GSM; 
  9. United Arab Emirates, 1.82 million GSM; and
  10. Finland, 1.45 million GSM.

Collectively, the USGBC notes, “more than 59,000 commercial and institutional projects are participating in LEED, representing 967 million GSM of construction space worldwide.”