Canada ranks #2 in LEED buildings
Did you know Canada boasts the second-most LEED® certified buildings in the world?
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) released its international rankings in July 2015 and Canada is right behind the USA, which has 26.63 million gross-square-meters (GSM) of LEED space. There are now over 4,814 LEED-registered and LEED-certified projects representing 63.31 million GSM of LEED space in Canada.
This is the second year that USGBC has provided rankings on the Top 10 Countries for LEED outside of the U.S. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of GSM and numbers of LEED projects to date.
If you’re not familiar, LEED-certified spaces use less energy and water resources, save money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
“International demand has grown steadily for tools supporting sustainable economic growth, and it has become increasingly clear that we are reaching a tipping point around environmental sustainability,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “It is now impossible to view social and economic development as separate issues from a robust sustainability agenda. The global success of LEED in these countries is a sign that international business leaders and policy makers recognize that a commitment to transforming the built environment is crucial to addressing major environmental challenges. The countries on this list are pushing this commitment forward.”