Canada, China and India are among the top countries for LEED-approved buildings outside the United States, the U.S. Green Building Council said.

The group released its new list of the countries with the most structures that follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Building principles.

“The global community is increasingly recognizing the imperative for action as we combat the extraordinary challenge of worldwide climate change,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the USGBC. “LEED’s success across a wide variety of cultures, climates and communities represents not only a growing recognition of its demonstrated benefits for human health and operational cost savings, but also its unparalleled potential to be part of the solution to a warming planet and rising sea levels.”

Overall, more than 140 countries have erected LEED-qualified structures, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, installing green HVAC, lowering utility bills and making for healthier workplaces, USGBC said.

The top 10 list countries outside the U.S. that use LEED are:




South Korea





United Arab Emirates