Ontario Construction News staff writer
Canada ranked third globally on the annual list of Top 10 for LEED accomplishments in 2022, the Canadian Green Building Council (CAGBC) announced. The global ranking is released annually by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), highlighting countries and regions outside the United States that are making significant strides in healthy, sustainable and resilient building design, construction and operations.
In 2022, Canada certified 248 projects, representing more than 5.3 million gross square meters (GSM) of LEED space, the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings.
“Over the last 20 years, CAGBC, its members and stakeholders have proven that green buildings have positive impacts on people, business and the planet. They also drive the innovation and skills development needed for a strong economy,” said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO, CAGBC. “LEED certification continues to be the gold standard for green building, offering Canada’s building sector a holistic way to deliver on sustainability targets, from energy efficiency and wellbeing, to resource use, carbon emissions and resiliency.”
Mainland China topped the list with more than 16 million GSM certified to LEED in 2022 and India raked second with more than 10 million GSM. Brazil and Sweden rounded out the top five.
The U.S. is not included in the list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED with more than 47 million GSM certified space in 2022.