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In early May, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its report of the Top 10 Countries for LEED Internationally.

Since then, the USGBC has followed up with its report, LEED in Motion: Canada, that notes Canada is the largest international market for LEED green buildings, boasting more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the United States. It has 1,633 LEED-certified projects, totaling 22.3 million gross square meters of real estate.

"Because of the leadership of the Canada Green Building Council, our northern neighbor has become a critical ally in our mission to see a sustainable built environment within a generation," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "The imperative for healthy, high-performing green buildings to enhance occupant health and mitigate greenhouse gas production is well-understood in Canada, and our latest LEED in Motion report showcases the country's successes and momentum."

"As the first country to adopt LEED outside of the United States, the Canadian building industry embraced the LEED system early on to create what is now a strong base of over 1,600 certified green building projects across the country," said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO, Canada Green Building Council. "I am very pleased about our 10-year collaboration with USGBC to transform the building industry in North America. This report highlights the advanced work Canadian professionals are doing to reduce carbon emissions and affect positive change on environmental and human health issues using market-based solutions."

The USGBC also recently announced it was expanding its support of LEED in India. With nearly 12 million square meters of LEED-certified space, India is ranked third on the list of countries in the world with the most LEED-certified space.

"The uptake of LEED across the globe has been extraordinary," said Fedrizzi. "Because LEED buildings save energy, water and precious resources, they are our first line of defense in the worldwide fight to slow the impacts of climate change and promote wellness. The multinational architectural, engineering and construction companies that are leading the building boom around the world were early adopters of LEED in the U.S., and they are now applying LEED's principles and benefits in more than 150 countries. USGBC wants to provide significant support that can underpin this strong growth."

As Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC, explained, they are looking to provide local and regional support to make the continued use of LEED seamless. By expanding relationships in the region with other global organizations and service providers, they can explore the joint development and promotion of education and events, such as manuals and training modules, workshops and design charrettes, meetings and conferences. "We're also looking to collaborate around green schools, resilient communities, affordable housing and human health issues in LEED to help support our vision of green buildings for everyone within a generation," he added.

It's exciting to see LEED really prosper in countries outside of the U.S. Have you been involved in any LEED certified projects in other countries? We would love to hear more about them.

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