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Canada a top LEED nation, says USGBC

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Canada a top LEED nation, says USGBC
WaterPark Place in Toronto was among the notable projects listed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for LEED-certification in Canada in 2014. It was the first Canadian project to earn LEED Platinum through the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) recertification program. Currently there are 1,600 CaGBC members and 174 USGBC member organizations in Canada. They represent industries such as product manufacturing, building construction, retail, real estate, education, the non-profit sector and other professional services. -

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Canada has cemented its status coming out as the top country for LEED green building for the second year in a row.

Recently, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) stated Canada ranks first on the USGBC’s second annual Top 10 Countries for LEED, which is the most widely used green building rating system, explains a release.

The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

The countries that join Canada for 2015 are "geographically and culturally diverse, representing seven of the world’s 20 largest single-nation economies by Gross Domestic Product (GDP)," the release reads, with China ranking second, India third, and Brazil fourth.

The USGBC states a further breakdown of Canada’s LEED-certified projects shows strong growth across the country with Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta leading the way.

Some of the projects that were certified in Canada in 2014 and were highlighted by the council include:

— Vancouver, B.C.: Van Dusen Botanical Garden, LEED Platinum;

— St. John, N.B.: The City of St. John Police Headquarters, LEED Gold;

— Toronto, Ont.: WaterPark Place, LEED Platinum (first Canadian project to earn LEED Platinum through the CaGBC’s recertification program);

— Calgary, Alta.: Bow Valley Square, LEED Gold; and

— Quebec City, Que.: Place TELUS / TELUS House, LEED Gold.

According to the release, the analysis used to develop the Top 10 list ranks countries in terms of gross square metres (GSM) and numbers of commercial and institutional LEED projects to date.

The United States, which was the birthplace of LEED, is not included in this list but remains the world’s largest market for LEED.

"We are extremely proud to be named as the top country for LEED projects internationally again this year," said Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) in a statement. "Building owners and developers are increasingly making LEED an integral part of doing business spurring demand for innovative products, technologies and services, and, in the process, creating jobs and positive bottom lines."

Currently there are 1,600 CaGBC members and 174 USGBC member organizations in Canada. There are also 11,346 LEED credential holders in Canada, the largest outside of the United States, the release reads.

"At a time when the world needs real leadership to solve the problems facing us all, Canadian business leaders, policymakers and consumers have turned to LEED to show the international community what we can do at the local level to promote real, substantive change," said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC.

There are also more than 69,800 commercial and institutional projects representing 1.23 billion GSM of space participating in the green building rating system, the release reads.

The world’s green building market was $260 billion in 2013.

"Internationally renowned landmarks as diverse as the Empire State Building, the Maracanã Stadium and Taipei 101 are now LEED-certified spaces that illustrate the impact that sustainable construction and design are having on our shared culture," the release states.

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