Canada ranks third in the world for LEED certified buildings
The Canadian Green Building Council (CAGBC) announced that Canada ranked third globally on the annual list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED in 2022. The organization reveals that in 2022, Canada certified 248 projects, representing more than 5.3 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED space.
This global LEED ranking is released annually by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The ranking highlights countries and regions outside the United States that are making significant strides in healthy, sustainable and resilient building design, construction and operations.
“Over the last 20 years, CAGBC, its members and stakeholders have proven that green buildings have positive impacts on people, business and the planet. They also drive the innovation and skills development needed for a strong economy,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CAGBC. “LEED certification continues to be the gold standard for green building, offering Canada’s building sector a holistic way to deliver on sustainability targets, from energy efficiency and wellbeing, to resource use, carbon emissions and resiliency.”
Mainland China topped the list with more than 16 million GSM certified to LEED in 2022 and India ranked second with more than 10 million GSM. Brazil and Sweden rounded out the top five.
These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for certified LEED green buildings that help reduce environmental impact and support health and well-being. The list ranks countries in terms of total LEED projects as of December 31, 2022. The U.S. is not included in the list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED with more than 47 million GSM certified space in 2022.