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The 10 countries with the greenest buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED, a list that highlights countries outside the United States that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and market transformation. These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for LEED-certified green buildings.


Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to a Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, to which USGBC was a contributing partner.


Conducted in 70 countries, the report found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be engines of green growth, with development varying from twofold to sixfold over current green building levels.


Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge 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.


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016.


LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and prioritize environmental and human health.


The United States, where LEED originated, is not included in this list, but remains the world’s largest market for LEED, with 3.6 billion LEED-certified square feet across 27,699 properties. Currently, there are more than 82,000 commercial projects participating in LEED.


  1. 1.CHINA has 373 million LEED square feet across 931 properties

  2. 2.CANADA has 370 million LEED square feet, across 586 properties

  3. 3.INDIA has 171 million LEED square feet across 644 properties

  4. 4.BRAZIL has 80 million LEED square feet across 380 properties

  5. 5.SOUTH KOREA has 64 million LEED square feet across 597 properties

  6. 6.TAIWAN has 61 million LEED square feet across 99 properties

  7. 7.GERMANY has 54 million LEED square feet across 215 properties

  8. 8.TURKEY has 51 million LEED square feet across 191 properties

  9. 9.SWEDEN has 42 million LEED square feet across 210 properties

  10. 10.UNITED ARAB EMIRATES has 39 million LEED square feet across 180 properties

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