Climate change: What’s your AEC firm doing about it?

August 11, 2010

Ninety-two percent of respondents to an exclusive Building Design+Construction survey of AEC professionals said their firms have taken at least one internal action to address climate change. Office waste recycling (81%), Energy Star equipment purchasing (61%), and energy-saving lighting (59%) topped the list. What innovations is your firm making to reduce greenhouse gases—in your offices and in your projects? Send an email to BD+C’s Rob Cassidy: rcassidy@reedbusiness.com. These results will be reported in BD+C’s 6th White Paper, “Green Buildings + Climate Change” (Nov 2008).








Q.4: Please indicate what CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAMS your own firm or organization has established internally and which you plan to implement in the next two years. Click one circle next to each program. If you have no plans to implement a particular program, please click the last circle in the row.

RANKED BY "HAVE ALREADY IMPLEMENTED "



Have already implemented

Plan to implement in next 2 years

No plans to implement

Net one or more

92%

74%

97%

Mean number

5.3

3.9

8.7

Instituted office waste recycling

81%

7%

12%

Purchased Energy Star office equipment or appliances

61%

16%

23%

Installed lighting controls, CFLs, LEDs, etc.

59%

19%

23%

Encouraged/incentivized employees to use public transit

37%

14%

49%

Encouraged/incentivized carpooling

30%

18%

52%

Encouraged/incentivized telecommuting or part-time work at home

30%

19%

51%

Eliminated or restricted bottled water

30%

17%

54%

Education programs specifically on climate change

28%

26%

46%

Pursued or achieved LEED, Green Globes, or Energy Star certified building or interior fitout for our own facilities

26%

30%

44%

Encouraged/incentivized employees to bike to work

24%

14%

62%

Encouraged/incentivized use of hybrid or shared vehicles

22%

19%

59%

Provided compressed work week

22%

16%

62%

Purchased green power

13%

21%

66%

Enabled "hoteling" in office space

12%

12%

76%

Achieved carbon neutrality for business operations

5%

22%

73%

Purchased carbon offsets (e.g., for business travel)

5%

14%

81%
         
 

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