The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its ranking of the top 10 countries for the USGBC’s LEED green-building certification system outside of the United States.
The ranking is based on cumulative gross square meters of LEED-certified space as of April 2014.
Canada tops the list with 17.74 million gross sq m of LEED-certified space. Collectively, Canada has 4,068 LEED-registered and certified projects representing 58.66 million gross sq m of space.
China and India placed second and third with 14.30 million and 11.64 million gross sq m of LEED-certified space, respectively. Other Asian nations in the top 10 are South Korea, at No. 4 with 3.84 million gross sq m, Taiwan, at No. 5 with 2.98 million gross sq m, and Singapore, at No. 8 with 2.16 million gross sq m.
In Europe, Germany and Finland secured spots 6 and 10 with 2.90 million gross sq m and 1.45 million gross sq m, respectively.
In South America, Brazil sits at No. 7 with 2.85 million gross sq m, while in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates sits at No. 9 with 1.82 million gross sq m.
To date, LEED has been implemented in more than 140 countries and territories. More than 59,000 commercial and institutional projects representing 967 million gross sq m of construction space are participating in LEED worldwide.