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Canada ranks second on annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list

CaGBC is pleased to announce that Canada has once again ranked second in the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED list. Curated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building program, this list recognizes markets outside the United States that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces where citizens live, learn, work and play. Canada earned the distinction for its current total of 2,970 LEED certified projects totalling more than 40.77 million gross square metres of space.

The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED certified gross square metres as of Dec. 31, 2017, and represents 6,657 certified projects totalling more than 158 million gross square metres. LEED continues to be the world’s most widely used green building program, with projects in more than 167 countries and territories, and more than 205,800 gross square metres of space certifying every day.

Canada is part of a growing number of nations dedicated to a greener, more sustainable built environment. According to a Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, countries indicated that economic forces were the most important drivers for green building. The SmartMarket report also revealed that increasing consumer demand has pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

Ranking Country/Region Number of Projects
Gross Square Metres*
1 China 1,211 47.16
2 Canada 2,970 40.77
3 India 752 20.28
4 Brazil 461 14.83
5 Germany 276 7.00
6 Republic of Korea 106 6.66
7 Taiwan 124 6.15
8 Turkey 245 6.06
9 Mexico 305 5.16
10 United Arab Emirates 207 4.41
** United States 30,669 385.65

*Gross square metres are reported in millions. Data is reported as of December 2017.
**The United States, where LEED originated, is not included on the list, but remains the world’s largest market for LEED.

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