Canada leads the world when it comes to LEED-certified structures outside the U.S., according to a new report.

The United States' neighbor to the north has more square meters of space certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating program than any other nation besides America. The findings come from “LEED in Motion: Canada,” part of series of snapshots on sustainable construction around the world.

The report lists the locations of the 1,633 certified projects in Canada, which represent 22.3 gross square meters of real estate, the association said.

“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, USGBC president, CEO and founding chairman. “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 successes and momentum.”

Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the Canada Green Building Council, said he was proud of the data in the report.

“As the first country to adopt LEED outside of the United States, the Canadian building industry embraced the LEED system early on to create what is now a strong base of over 1,600 certified green building projects across the country,” Mueller said. “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.”

The full report is on the USGBC’s website at www.usgbc.org.