Turkey has ranked ninth on a list of the top 10 countries for LEED – a green buildings rating system.
The US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual ranking highlights countries outside of the US which are “making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation”.
The announcement comes at a time of increased international focus on tackling climate change in the lead up to the United Nations’ COP21 climate negotiations this December.
This is the first time Turkey has made it into the top 10.
Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC, said: “Turkey is transforming itself into a hub of innovation for green building and sustainable design.
“Green buildings are about people and the collective legacy we leave behind.
“Turkey’s emergence as a major centre for the green building movement is a sign the Turkish community believes we can do better for ourselves and our environment and we can leave a better legacy for our children.”