Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Green and Sustainable Building Trends Page 22

1) Green building. Demand is finally coming back in the construction industry, and it’s coming back green. By 2016, more than half of all commercial and institutional construction will be environmentally sustainable, energy efficient or both. Green residential projects are on the rise as well. Abundant government subsidies and tax cuts for green building doesn’t hurt, either. IBISWorld projects 23% annual growth in the green building industry through 2016.

2) The US Green Building Council Colorado chapter predicts the following green building trends for 2015: Green construction powers industry:As a panel of developers and owners told us at our Commercial Real Estate Forum, green buildings are becoming a must-have for owners,” said Sharon Alton, executive director, USGBC Colorado.

3)I recently heard a powerful statistic presented by a guest speaker at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. Stuart Kaplow, an attorney and green building practitioner, said that over the last seven years, non-residential green building construction has grown from 1.4% to 44% of the construction market. He reminded the audience this represents a 3200% increase. So is green big? You bet it is. It continues to grow and it is the way most product manufacturers are using to reach out to designers.

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