Canada stands as the largest international market for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green buildings and boasts more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the United States, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C.
LEED in Motion: Canada is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report is designed to equip green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.
LEED in Motion: Canada is a full accounting of all LEED activity in Canada, outlining the locations of its 1,633 LEED-certified projects, which total 22.3 million gross square meters of real estate.
“Because of the leadership of the Canada Green Building Council (www.cagbc.org/), our northern neighbor has become a critical ally in our mission to see a sustainable built environment within a generation,” says 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,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO, Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). “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.”