Spain Ranks Number Five in the World for LEED Green Building

Deisy Verdinez
February 9, 2022

SPAIN (Feb. 9, 2021) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced Spain ranks fifth 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. In 2021, 100 LEED projects were certified in Spain, representing 1.5 million gross square meters (GSM) of space. Overall, 544 projects are LEED certified in the country, totaling 8.3 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), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

Hotel Magdalena Plaza in Seville, Spain, was certified Gold under LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction. Photo courtesy of Hotel Magdalena.

“Spain continues to be a global leader in sustainability and green building, and is committed to building spaces and communities that benefit the people they serve,” said Kay Killmann, head of Europe for GBCI. “As we continue to find ways to address the climate crisis, finding ways to build and operate our buildings must be part of those solutions. We look forward to working with countries like Spain to find new innovative ways to build better communities and a future for all.”

In addition to Spain, Italy also made the list, ranking number eight. 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 in terms of total 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 more than 26 million GSM certified.

A glass and steel building with greenery at every level

Arqborea in Madrid received Platinum certification under LEED for Core and Shell. Photo courtesy of GMP.

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

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