A survey by the US Green Building Council placed the UAE at number 10 in the world for its number of LEED projects during 2016 with a figure of 180.
The study ranked all the world’s countries in order – apart from the US where LEED originated and is still most prevalent. Top rated nation was China, followed by Canada, India and Brazil. South Korea came fifth.
No other Middle Eastern countries were among the top 10.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system, LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and prioritise environmental and human health.
“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,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC.
“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.”
Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to the World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report to which USGBC was a contributing partner.
Conducted in 70 countries, the report found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be engines of green growth, with development varying from twofold to sixfold over current green building levels.
Greater consumer demand has also pushed the world’s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach $234bn by 2019.