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Green Building Materials Market to Reach $69bn by 2019

The US market for green building materials will reach nearly $69 billion by 2019, according to a report by BBC Research. The market for green building materials reached nearly $40 billion and $43.8 billion in 2013 and 2014, respectively, according to the report. It forecasts the market to grow at … Read more »

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Do Green Building Certifications Make Financial Sense?

As Georgia moves closer to enacting a law that would effectively ban state-owned buildings from seeking LEED certification, Valerie Molinski, sustainability director at Vocon, a Cleveland architecture and interior design firm, makes the business case for green building certification in a Crain’s Cleveland Business blog. Basically it boils down to … Read more »

More Buildings Reaching Carbon Reduction Targets

There has been a 200 percent increase over 2012 in the number of building design projects that meet the American Institute of Architects’ 60 percent carbon reduction target, according to a report released by AIA earlier this month. The AIA’s 2030 Commitment Program, introduced in 2009, is a voluntary initiative … Read more »

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Greenbuild 2014: Green Buildings, Healthy Workers, Sustainable Design Apps, Free Online Learning

Some 47 percent of building owners cut their healthcare costs for employees in facilities with green building features such as daylighting and natural air circulation, according to a study by McGraw Hill, the AIA, CBRE, US Green Building Council, United Technologies and a host of other partners, presented at Greenbuild … Read more »

Canadian Green Building to Increase by Half

Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, according to a report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction. The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, was commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council and shows that … Read more »

Green Residential Building on the Rise

Green Residential Building on the Rise

Some 62 percent of firms building new single family homes report that they are doing more than 15 percent of their projects green and 84 percent of them expect this level of green activity by 2018, according to a report from McGraw Hill Construction. Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth … Read more »

USGBC Launches Real-Time Green Building Tool

The US Green Building Council has launched an online tool that provides real-time green building data for each state in the US and Washington, DC. The state market briefs highlight LEED projects, LEED-credentialed professionals and USGBC membership in each state. The USGBC says the online tool shows the benefits of … Read more »

Green Builders Weather Storms

Green homes comprised 23 percent of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26 percent and 33 percent of the market by 2016. The housing slump in recent years didn’t stop the green building movement, in fact, indications are that segment accelerated. According … Read more »

Sustainability Professionals ‘Needed Across All Industries’

Sustainability Professionals ‘Needed Across All Industries’

More companies are hiring sustainability professionals, with the green goods and services field increasing 5 percent from 2010 to 2011 to reach 3.4 million workers, but there’s still considerable room to grow, according to a report published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. The report, Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the … Read more »

Green Building Insurance Industry ‘Booming’

The green building insurance market is competitive and growing, the Insurance Journal reports, with green construction industry driving this growth. By 2015, between 40 percent and 48 percent of new non-residential construction, when measured by value, will be environmentally friendly. That equates to a $120 billion to 145 billion opportunity for … Read more »

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Environmental Executive Moves: GSE, UNEP FI, Scope 5, Honest Buildings

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. GSE: The geosynthetic containment systems manufacturer says Mark Arnold, president and CEO, is leaving the company.  GSE’s board of directors has appointed Charles A. Sorrentino, a current member of the board, as interim president and CEO, effective immediately. … Read more »

Retail, Hospitality Sectors Up Green Building Investment

Retail, Hospitality Sectors Up Green Building Investment

The retail and hospitality sectors are increasingly investing in green building projects with growth particularly evident in the past two years, according to a study released by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Waste Management. The percentage of retail owners that are “highly involved” in green building — a category … Read more »