The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED outside of the U.S. Mainland China topped the list with more than 68 million gross square meters. The list recognizes markets that are using LEED to create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families and businesses. The top countries and regions account for nearly 7,800 certified buildings and more than 210 million gross square meters of space.
?”For the last 25 years, LEED has played a key role in sustainability efforts around the world,?” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. ?”The Top 10 Countries and Regions represent a global community of dedicated USGBC member companies and green building professionals who are committed to improving our quality of life. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind?and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these countries.?”
The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of Dec. 31, 2018. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a widely used green building program with 96,275 registered and certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories. The full rankings are as follows:
- Ranking 1, Mainland China, Number of Projects 1,494, 68.83 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 2, Canada, Number of Projects 3,254, 46.81 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 3, India, Number of Projects 899, 24.81 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 4, Brazil, Number of Projects 531, 16.74 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 5, Republic of Korea, Number of Projects 143, 12.15 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 6, Turkey, Number of Projects 337, 10.9 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 7, Germany, Number of Projects 327, 8.47 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 8, Mexico, Number of Projects 370, 8.41 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 9, Taiwan, Number of Projects 144, 7.3 Gross Square Meters
- Ranking 10, Spain, Number of Projects 299, 5.81 Gross Square Meters
- United States, Number of Projects 33,632, 441.60 Gross Square Meters
Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data is reported as of December 2018.
The U.S., where LEED originated, is not included on the list, but remains the largest market for LEED in the world.
LEED is a recognized symbol of excellence around the world and continues to raise the bar in terms of sustainability for buildings, cities and communities. Recently, USGBC introduced LEED v4.1 and released beta versions for existing buildings (LEED v4.1 O+M), new construction (LEED v4.1 BD+C) and interiors (LEED v4.1 ID+C).
LEED v4.1 emphasizes human health and integrates performance metrics powered by Arc to encourage ongoing tracking. Recent research shows green building will continue growing through 2021. Client demand remains the top reason to build green in the U.S. and occupant health and well-being emerged as the top social factor. Through LEED, USGBC pushes the market toward higher performing buildings that also improve quality of life.
The impact of buildings, cities and communities on people continues to be a priority for USGBC and across industries. In an effort to expand its global green building efforts, USGBC launched the Living Standard campaign. Focused on the belief that storytelling can lead to a more sustainable world, the campaign aims to highlight stories, big and small, that capture how USGBC, LEED and other sustainability programs are raising the quality of life for people around the world. By visiting livingstandard.org, individuals and companies can participate in the campaign and submit stories.