India ranks third on the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. While China tops the list, Canada occupies the second position. 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.
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. As on that date India had 752 LEED-certified projects totaling over 20.28 million gross square meters of space. China remained in the top spot with more than 47 million gross square meters. In comparison, the US, which is not included in the list, has 30,669 LEED certified projects totaling 385.65 million gross sq mt.
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 everyday.
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.