U.S. Green Building Council releases 2019 Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED

Sarah Merricks

LEED projects around the world are leading the charge toward a brighter future; one where Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building rating system, released the 2019 Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED outside of the U.S. Mainland China topped the list with more than 79 million gross square meters. The list, which is published annually, recognizes markets that are using LEED to create healthier, safer spaces for people, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families and businesses. The countries and regions featured in 2019’s ranking account for nearly 9,000 certified buildings and 260 million gross square meters of space.

In 2020, the importance of sustainable spaces was shone in stark relief as the world struggled to ensure that their spaces remained safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. As entire countries shut down and spent much of the year in pandemic-induced lockdowns, the global economy also suffered. This led USGBC to announce a reimagined vision which hinged upon these important tenants: Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.

While the countries that made the 2019 Top Countries and Regions for LEED list could not have predicted how the following year would unfold, their certified spaces were uniquely prepared to offer shelter and safety for residents and tenants during this uncertain time. And as we begin the process of vaccinations and re-openings for a post-COVID world, they also aid the rebuilding of a future that values both public health and a healthy economy – because our next phase will require both to thrive.  

The list ranks countries and regions in terms of cumulative LEED-certified gross square meters as of December 31, 2019. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building program. The full rankings are included below:

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

It is through the leadership dedication of countries and territories like those featured in the 2019 Top Ten Countries and Regions that LEED continues to thrive. And with the ever-expanding list of registered and certified spaces, we can ensure a healthier, safer and more sustainable future for all citizens — because it is our obligation to create a higher living standard for all.  

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