August 15, 2013 on 6:53 pm | In Bravo, Green, Property Maintenance, Statistics, Trends, Uncategorized, World | 2 Comments

By Jodi Summers

Woohoo! The U.S. has more green LEED certified building space than anyone else in the world. Curiously, although we have the most, and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system was conceived in the United States, LEED space is measured in meters…so for record, 1 square meter = 1.196 square yards = 10.764 square feet.


Now that you have the power, be proud. North America leads the world with 611.6 gross square meters (GSM) LEED certified or registered (1,000,000 sq.ft. +/-) as part of some 44,998 projects, according to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Rapidly developing East Asia had the second highest amount of building space certified or registered under LEED, with 107.3 GSM from1, 995 projects. Latin America and the Caribbean had the least, with 39.5 GSM and 1,704 projects.

Here are the top 10 countries with the most LEED certified or registered space as of April 2013:

United States (44,270 certified or registered projects)

China (1,156)

United Arab Emirates (808)

Brazil (638)

India (405)

Canada (383)

Mexico (322)

Germany (299)

Turkey (194)

Republic of Korea (188)

As the LEED rating system was founded in the U.S. one benefit we do get is a jump on the game…but watch China grow. Pundits predict that by 2015, half of the world’s new construction will be in China. It is also the leader for the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (Beijing already has significant air quality issues), which makes it the perfect candidate for green building.

It is also not surprising that India made the list, largely due to decreasing premiums for building green and high energy costs.












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  1. Here at USGBC we may be celebrating our 20th anniversary, but the buildings that have achieved LEED certification embody a history that stretches far deeper into the past than 1993. In fact, we recently certified the oldest LEED buildings both in the United States (Fay House at Harvard University, built in 1807) and in the world (a Venetian Gothic palazzo from 1453!).
    These remarkable historic green buildings are not alone. Dozens of historic buildings have become LEED certified, and some of them are already well-known, like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. These projects are incredible examples of how historic preservation and environmental sustainability can work hand in hand, and how saving the past can enrich the future.

    Comment by USGBC — August 16, 2013 #

  2. Opened in 2010, the Bank of America Tower in New York City was praised as a model of sustainability. But the LEED-Platinum building has proved to be anything but, according to an article by Sam Roudman in the New Republic. Roudman writes that while the building boasted green features such as waterless urinals and rainwater harvesting, it actually uses twice the energy per square foot as the Empire State Building, which is 80 years old.

    Comment by Green Building Advisor — August 20, 2013 #

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