2015 Green Building Trends
The US Green Building Councilâ€™s Colorado chapter predicts the following green building trends for 2015:
Green construction powers industry: the Centennial State will continue to grow as a center of green construction expertise and ownership. â€śAs a panel of developers and owners told us at our Commercial Real Estate Forum, green buildings are becoming a must-have for owners,â€ť said Sharon Alton, executive director, USGBC Colorado.
Commercial real estate brings together the public and private sectors: Denverâ€™s Union Station opened its doors in summer 2014, forming the core of a major urban revitalization project to sustainably build a 21st century urban community. The project is attracting international attention for its commitment to creating partnerships between the private and public sectors.
USGBC Colorado credits Coloradoâ€™s commercial real estate industry with successfully bridging the gap between sectors to execute Union Station and other green building projects large and small. The organizationâ€™s 2015 Commercial Real Estate Forum will work to facilitate the relationships public, private and nonprofit leaders need to realize sustainable design.
Green schools leaders gain resources: Colorado schools are under enormous pressure as their enrollments grow and their buildings age. A handful of private and public programs in the state support schools that wish to renovate or build their facilities sustainably.
The Colorado Energy Office will bundle all its programs in a new Energy Savings for Schools offering this year while the Colorado Department of Education will open a new Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Program grant round with an expected $35â€“$45 million of available funding.
Meanwhile, a study published last month found certified commercial green buildings on average cut greenhouse gas emissions from water consumption by 50 percent, reduced solid waste management-related GHG emissions by 48 percent and lowered transportation-related GHG emissions by 5 percent, when compared to their traditional California counterparts.
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