UAE one of top 10 countries for LEED in 2016
The UAE caped the list with 3.64 square metres of certified LEED space and 180 projects certified
The UAE is one of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the US in 2016, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced on Sunday.
The list highlights the leading countries, apart from the United States, that are making significant strides in building design, construction and market transformation.
The UAE has taken the number 10 spot as the country with the most LEED certified buildings, demonstrating the exponential growth of LEED in all corners of the world while affirming an international commitment to the continued creation of a healthy and sustainable built environment.
Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC said: “By recognizing these leading countries, we are showcasing the exponential growth of LEED in the global marketplace and an international commitment to the creation of a sustainable built environment.”
China took the lead spot with 34.62 million gross square metres of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries on the list, respectively.
Other countries in the top 10 include Taiwan, Germany, Turkey and Sweden to bring the number of certified projects to a total of 27,699.
The UAE caped the list with 3.64 square metres of certified LEED space and 180 projects certified.
Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report from Dodge Data & Analytics.
The green building materials market is expected to reach $234bn by 2019 with increased consumer demand pushing the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, USGBC said in a statement.
“As we pursue a worldwide effort to mitigate climate change, LEED and the green building industry have created a path forward for market transformation while changing the way we think about how buildings, communities and cities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated,” Ramanujam added.