China LEEDing nation outside U.S.

China LEEDing nation outside U.S.

Illustration courtesy of USGBC

China remains atop the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creator of the LEED green building program.

The list recognizes markets outside the U.S. that are using LEED to create healthier, more sustainable spaces that work to improve quality of life. Following China on the list for markets outside of the U.S. were Canada and India.

The list represents 6,657 LEED-certified projects totaling more than 158 million square meters of space globally and ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of Dec. 31, 2017, according to a release. China remained in the top spot with more than 47 million gross square meters, and for the first time Mexico appears on the Top 10 list with more 5.6 million gross square meters.

“LEED is a full-scale global movement and plays a key role in helping cities, communities and countries manage their built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. “When we prioritize green buildings we are committing to creating spaces that perform at the highest levels, conserving resources and enhancing human health. The work being done in each of these markets is raising the bar for the global market.”

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s most widely used green building program with projects in more than 167 countries and territories and more than 205,800 gross square meters of space certifying every day. LEED is a global, regional and local solution that provides a framework for buildings, communities and cities to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving spaces while working to improve quality of life.

The Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED are part of a growing number of markets dedicated to a greener, more sustainable built environment. According to a Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC was a contributing partner, countries indicated that economic forces were the most important drivers for green building.

The SmartMarket report also revealed that increasing consumer demand has pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234 billion by 2019.

Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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