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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.”
Struggling out of recession
The construction industry is starting to move out of its recent stupor, according to figures released recently (2 September) by industry analysts Glenigan.Read more
The September Glenigan Index shows that private sector construction starts have returned to growth, though the impact of election delays still hangs over the public sector starts. Overall the underlying value of construction starts was 8% lower during the three months to August than a year earlier, but this rate has improved from a 20% decline in July. Taking the month of August alone saw starts up strongly from a year ago.
The office, hotel and leisure and industrial sectors have all returned to growth during the last three months. The value of underlying office starts, which excludes those on schemes valued at over £100m, was 18% higher than a year earlier, while the hotel and leisure sector saw a rise of 8%. Retail starts remained 8% down on a year ago; however this an improvement on a 21% fall in the three months to July, with August alone seeing strong levels of new activity. Industrial starts were also up on a year earlier, rising 19%. Source: www.glenigan.com