WASHINGTON — Canada boasts the largest international market for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green buildings and has more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the U.S., according to a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) report.

“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 success and momentum.”

Canada has 1,633 LEED-certified projects, which total more than 22 million gross square meters of real estate.

“As the first country to adopt LEED outside of the U.S., the Canadian building industry embraced the LEED system early on to create what is now a strong base of more than 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.”

Publication date: 7/14/2014 

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