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Top 10 countries for LEED

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LEED projects can be found in over 140 countries and territories around the world and on six out of seven continents — there are no LEED projects in Antarctica, but you never know what the future holds.

To provide a better view of LEED’s impact globally, we’ve ranked the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S.. Looking at the gross square meters of certified space around the globe, we came up with the list below.

What’s changed over the last year?

Canada, China and India have always led the way for LEED projects and in the last year they certified a combined total of 13 million gross square meters.

The top ten countries together, represent 61 million gross square meters of LEED-certified space. That’s an increase of 41% from last year. 

Brazil, which ranks seventh for LEED-certified gross square meters of space and fourth for LEED-certified projects, recently certified two stadiums in preparation for the 2014 World Cup games. They have the largest number of certified stadiums and the only platinum certified stadiums outside the U.S.

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Selina Holmes

Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications U.S. Green Building Council

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Sustainability Coordinator, Foster + Partners
Is it possible to find an updated full list of the countries somewhere? This is a great study, and would be very useful when pitching LEED to clients? Also where does the UK fit on the ranking? Thanks
Green Building Consultant, LEED AP ND, ZED Consulting, Bionova, and Metropolia
Great to see my home-country of Canada is #1, and even happier that my new home of Finland cracked the top 10 :) When corrected for ‘certifications per population’, the top 3 are Canada, Singapore, and Finland in third place!
Business Development Manager, SGS SA
Hi Selina, could you tell me the ranking for Malaysia and the GSM? Thanks.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Could you tell us the ranking of Japan.
Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications , U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Makoto. With 388,148 gross square meters of LEED-certified space, Japan is 23rd in the list of countries.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Hi Selina. Thank you very much. I am expecting LEED projects will spread more than ever in Japan.
Do you have a breakdown on how many projects are government owned verses private sector owned?
Architecture Design Manager, M+W U.S., Inc.
Yes! Singapore No 8, wow ...
Head, Projects, Under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Well done Selina, its a good piece of information. Considering the global environment scenerio, there is a lot more to be done on green Building concept. However, it is interesting to note that developing country like India also doing well in this field.
Architect, ProBeavers Associate
Wow! I am determined to put Nigeria in this list in the nearest future. So help me God. Kudos to you for a job well done. Kind regards.
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