The U.S. Green Building Council released its annual ranking of the Top 10 countries for LEED® outside of the U.S.
The countries are ranked by the gross square meters (GSM) and number of LEED projects in their respective nations. Canada takes the lead with over 26 million GSM of LEED space. Canada also boasts over 4,814 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects.
The list also includes several developing countries, such as China and India, which are projected to be the largest contributors to climate change in the coming years. Their inclusion on the list shows the growth of green building and the importance of LEED in controlling emissions and staving off global warming.
Although the list focuses on countries outside of the U.S., the U.S. remains the largest market for sustainable building and construction.
Here are the other countries leading the world in green building:
- Republic of Korea
- United Arab Emirates