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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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Thank you!
Hi Selina, I am doing research on the Japanese market. Please respond to the following: What is the demand for LEED certification services in Japan? What benefits are Japanese building owners realizing, e.g. building appreciation, employee retention, reduction in utility costs, etc.? Who in Japan is providing LEED services now? Any other information or statistics that you can provide? Thank you!
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Keith, thank you for asking about Japan. I'm sorry, for now all we have for Japan is the project directory plus a few articles detailing our relationship with GBJapan and the latest translated materials . You might also check the AP directory for people active in certifications.
Sustainability Advisor, Sir Robert McAlpine
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
Director, Marketing, USGBC
Hi Andrew. We are working on a 2015 version right now. Keep an eye out in the next two months!
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.
Engineer, Johnson Controls
Could you tell us the ranking of Japan.
Director, Marketing, USGBC
Hi Makoto. With 388,148 gross square meters of LEED-certified space, Japan is 23rd in the list of countries.
Engineer, Johnson Controls
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.
HVAC Design Manager, ELMACS co llc
Congratulation UAE , Soon No.1
Sustainability Manager, SGS SA
Thanks Ms. Selina for the wonderful report. All developing nation doing great in following & implementing true Sustainability. For new building its exceed the performance. But for existing building and more than 3 year back certified building, we still need lots of awareness and periodical M&V to really make a remarkable impact. And surly in future this will be done also !! thanks again !!
Chief Executive, Sigma Solutions
It is heartening to note that India is in the 'leader' board. Concur with Nandana Dilip Kumar's view that the "hands" of mother India seems to have been chopped off from the map. We request a correction please.
Senior Manager, LEAD Consultancy & Engg Services Ltd
Hi Selina, The statistics given is very informative and good to know that my country India is in top 3 and hoping lead further. Also would like to bring to your notice that part of north & north eastern states are missing in the Indian Map indicated in the above list of certified projects. Do note that these states are very much part of our country and not categorized under any no disputed territories. It would really good if this can be rectified in the website, as this is being viewed around 140 countries.
Director, Marketing, USGBC
Thanks so much for the information - we'll have an update shortly.
Architect, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Do you think would it be possible to work and have a internship in Canada as an architect form Argentine with experience in waste treatment and beinh LEED GA and LEED AP?
Director, Marketing, USGBC
HI Victoria, Have you connected with anyone at the Canada Green Building Council? That would be a great place to start !

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