Mexico Ranks Number Nine in the World for LEED Green Building in 2021

Deisy Verdinez

MEXICO CITY (Feb. 9, 2022) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Mexico ranks ninth in the world on its annual list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED in 2021. The ranking highlights countries and regions outside the United States that are making significant strides in healthy, sustainable building design, construction and operations. Last year, Mexico certified a total of 47 LEED green building projects representing more than 955,000 gross square meters (GSM) of space. Over the years, Mexico has LEED certified 531 LEED projects, totaling nearly 11 million GSM.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. It is developed by USGBC and administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) with support from Sustentabilidad para Mexico (SUMe).

“Mexico has a passionate and dedicated green building community and we are thrilled to see the use of LEED continue to grow throughout the country,” said Veronica Ibarra, executive director of SUMe and partner of GBCI Mexico. “We face significant health and climate challenges, and it is very important to address how we build and operate our buildings and spaces to improve the health of people and the planet.”

Brazil is the other Latin American country to make the 2021 list and ranked number seven. Both 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 based on total number of LEED certified projects as of December 31, 2021. The U.S. is not included in the list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED with 26 million GSM certified space in 2021. The full ranking is as follows:

Top 10 Countries & Regions for LEED in 2021

Rank

Country/Region

Project count

Square Feet

Square meters

1

Mainland China

1,077

152,325,125.75

14,151,480.95

2

Canada

205

34,530,920.95

3,208,030.63

3

India

146

30,337,364.12

2,818,436.08

4

Republic of Korea

42

16,768,269.12

1,557,824.68

5

Spain

100

16,107,100.54

1,496,400.05

6

United Arab Emirates

73

13,733,832.33

1,275,916.01

7

Brazil

89

13,366,776.03

1,241,815.33

8

Italy

106

12,543,738.44

1,165,352.56

9

Mexico

47

10,285,729.57

955,576.47

10

Taiwan, China

31

9,619,570.52

893,688.21

View notable LEED projects from Latin American and the Caribbean: Notable projects of 2021: Latin America and the Caribbean | GBCI.

For more information about LEED and green building, visit usgbc.org.

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