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Canada behind only the U.S. and China for LEED certified space

As of the end of 2017, Canada has 2,970 LEED certified projects covering more than 40.77 million gross sq. m. of space.


Once again Canada has claimed second spot in an annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list which is curated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the list recognizes markets outside the U.S. that are using LEED.

The list from the USGBC ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2017.

The U.S. is far and away the market leader with over 385 million sq. m. of LEED certified space. China is next, topping the annual list, with 1,211 projects accounting for 47.16 million gross sq. m. of certified space, then Canada with 2,970 LEED certified projects covering more than 40.77 million gross sq. m. of space.

“LEED has and will continue to be instrumental in bringing green building solutions to scale including energy efficiency and carbon, health and wellness, resiliency and advanced material choices,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council in a media release. 

“Canada remains an important leader in driving the adoption of LEED and green building. With nearly 3,000 LEED certified projects throughout the country, we are seeing the leaders in this market push the boundaries of what it means to be a high-performing building or space,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. “Progress happens one project at a time and the work being done across Canada is helping to define where the industry is moving and how we stay focused on finding solutions that will continue to improve our quality of life.”

The other countries on the Top 10 list, in order, include: India, Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico, and United Arab Emirates.