The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building program, yesterday announced the annual top 10 countries and regions for LEED. The list recognises markets outside the U.S. that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces for the citizens. India ranked third, with more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 20.28 million gross sq mt of space. China ranked first, with a total of 1,211 LEED certified and registered projects for more than 47.16 million gross sq mt of space followed by Canada with 2,970 such projects with a total space of 40.77 million gross sq mt. The other countries include Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE.
“Around the world leaders are committing to climate change initiatives that have the power to improve quality of life for citizens and ensure a sustainable future for us all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2017 and represents 6,657 certified projects totaling more than 158 million gross square meters. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the world’s most widely used green building program with projects in more than 167 countries and territories, with more than 205,800 gross sq mt of space certifying everyday.