LEED Green-Building Projects Nearing 60,000 Worldwide

Nov. 19, 2013
Outside of the United States, Canada leads with 4,375 LEED-certified green-building projects, followed by India, China, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil.

There are nearly 60,000 LEED green-building projects spanning 10.6 billion sq ft across the globe, a new report from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) says.

Available exclusively to USGBC member organizations, the second installment in the three-part “LEED in Motion” report series, “Places and Policies,” details the global, regional, and local growth of LEED and discusses the policies and mechanisms supporting it.

According to the report, outside of the United States, Canada leads the way with 4,375 LEED-certified green-building projects, followed by India with 1,586, China with 1,282, the United Arab Emirates with 816, and Brazil with 717.

More than 400 localities have LEED-specific policies in place, the report says. Globally, there are nearly 100 green-building councils in various stages of development, a LEED International Roundtable with members from 30 countries, and newly launched alternative compliance paths and regional priority credits that provide flexible, regionally focused approaches to LEED for projects outside of the United States.

“LEED in Motion: Places and Policies” is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. USGBC members can download it, as well as the first report, “LEED in Motion: People and Progress,” at http://bit.ly/USGBC-account.

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Described by a colleague as "a cyborg ... requir(ing) virtually no sleep, no time off, and bland nourishment that can be consumed while at his desk" who was sent "back from the future not to terminate anyone, but with the prime directive 'to edit dry technical copy' in order to save the world at a later date," Scott Arnold joined the editorial staff of HPAC Engineering in 1999. Prior to that, he worked as an editor for daily newspapers and a specialty-publications company. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University.