Countries around the world have the chance to compare their LEED certification accomplishments against each other with the release of a new ranking. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the rank in a press release through its website, and the information has been cited by various news sources spotlighting the placement of countries in the top ten listing. The United States is excluded from the list, as it only concerns how other countries measure up to LEED performance.
Among the nations that made the top ten, Canada was the overall leader, boasting more than 26 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED-certified space, as well as 4,814 projects both certified and registered for this standard.
Other significant contenders include China, India and Brazil, with 21.97, 13.24 and 5.22 GSM respectively. All of the members of the top ten are dwarfed by the US, which hosts 276.90 million GSM of LEED space and 53,908 projects.
In the release statement, USGBC founding chair Rick Fedrizzi put this ranking in context with the general need for greener spaces and strategies.
“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,” Fedrizzi stated. “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,” he added.
On a local level, businesses can take steps towards LEED certification by working with Bay area used office furniture suppliers to obtain furniture made from reused materials.