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Green building is major driver in US
‘Green building is playing a massive role in the U.S. construction and energy sectors,’ said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of the US Green building Council (USGBC). “More than 2.3 million U.S. workers are taking home $134 billion annually in large part because of green building programs like LEED. Demand for green building will only continue to grow as individuals, businesses and institutions continue to prioritize sustainable approaches to the design, construction and operations of our built environment.”Read more
The new USGBC analysis also explores the multifaceted economic contribution of green construction to the U.S. economy and individual U.S. states, quantifying the economic impact of green building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
“Our research shows that green building has created millions of jobs and contributed hundreds of billions of dollars to the U.S. economy, with the construction of LEED-certified buildings accounting for about 40 percent of green construction’s overall contribution to GDP in 2015,” said David Erne, a Senior Associate at Booz Allen. “This industry is certainly on the rise, and aggressive growth in the green building sector is anticipated over the next four years.”
New affordable homes for Northumberland
Work is set to start on a multi-million pound affordable homes scheme for people in the greatest housing need in Stocksfield, Northumberland. The development of 16 affordable homes will be built by Two Castles Housing Association, working alongside Esh Property Services, as part of the Hadrian Solutions Partnership.Read more
Each new home will incorporate a number of energy-efficient features such as efficient boilers and insulation to help residents keep their energy bills affordable. Part-funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) with an investment of £360,000 and with support from Northumberland County Council, the scheme is now due to be completed by September 2016.