Turkey, Germany and Spain Recognized as Top Countries for LEED Green Building

Published on: 
13 Feb 2019
Author: 
Sarah Stanley

Sustainable development across the region is providing healthier spaces for people and communities

Washington, D.C. — (Feb. 13, 2019) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building rating system, announced the annual Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED outside of the U.S. The list recognizes markets that are using LEED to create healthier spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families and businesses. Europe was well represented by Turkey, Germany and Spain who ranked sixth, seventh and tenth respectively. The three countries have nearly 1,000 certified LEED buildings totaling more than 25 million gross square meters of space.

“For the last 25 years, LEED has played a key role in sustainability efforts around the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED projects. “The Top 10 Countries and Regions represent a global community of dedicated USGBC member companies and green building professionals who are committed to improving our quality of life. A better future requires a universal living standard that leaves no one behind—and that future would simply not be possible without the extraordinary work being done in these countries.”

Certifications across the three countries are helping to raise the bar for green building. Projects including Turkey’s Teknopark Istanbul Second Phase Buildings is a corporate park supporting the country’s technology development and certified Gold under LEED v4. Germany’s Airport Garden’s office located within Dusseldorf’s Airport Area certified Gold using LEED v4 and was designed with flexible floor plans to meet the needs of occupants. In Spain, the Logistik Gavilanes is a food distribution warehouse and the first warehouse to certify Gold under LEED v4. The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2018 and represents 7,798 certified projects and more than 210 million gross square meters of space. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building program with 96,275 registered and certified projects in more than 167 countries and territories. The full rankings are as follows:

Ranking

Country/Region

Number of Projects

Gross Square Meters*

1

Mainland China

1,494

68.83

2

Canada

3,254

46.81

3

India

899

24.81

4

Brazil

531

16.74

5

Republic of Korea

143

12.15

6

Turkey

337

10.90

7

Germany

327

8.47

8

Mexico

370

8.41

9

China, Taiwan

144

7.30

10

Spain

299

5.81

**

United States

33,632

441.60

*Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data is reported as of December 2018.

**The United States, where LEED originated, is not included on the list, but remains the world’s largest market for LEED.

“It is GBCI Europe’s privilege to support the global top 10 markets of Turkey, Germany and Spain. The diversity of these three markets is a representation of how widely accepted LEED is in Europe,” said Kay Killmann, managing director, GBCI Europe. “With the help of regional experts in these leading markets, GBCI Europe will continue to advance the global green building mission and further transform the European market.”

LEED v4.1, the latest update to the rating system, and released beta versions for existing buildings (LEED v4.1 O+M), new construction (LEED v4.1 BD+C) and interiors (LEED v4.1 ID+C). LEED v4.1 emphasizes human health and integrates performance metrics powered by Arc to encourage ongoing tracking. Through LEED, USGBC pushes the market toward higher performing buildings that also improve quality of life. The green building community will be able to further explore LEED and the latest green building practices whenGreenbuild Europe returns to the region from March 19-20 in Amsterdam. Greenbuild provides a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues, such as climate change, human health, energy use and air quality.

The impact of buildings, cities and communities on people continues to be a priority for USGBC and across industries. In an effort to expand USGBC’s global green building efforts and ensure that LEED is not only the most widely used leadership standard, but also the pre-eminent living standard, USGBC launched the Living Standard campaign. Focused on the belief that storytelling can lead to a more sustainable world, the campaign aims to highlight stories – big and small – that capture how USGBC, LEED and other sustainability programs are raising the quality of life for people around the world. By visiting livingstandard.org, individuals and companies can participate in the campaign and submit stories.

Product: 
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