Green construction doubling every three years

Clients and tenants increasingly value sustainability.

November 23, 2015 |
Green construction doubling every three years

Construction in Raleigh, N.C. Photo: James Willamor/Creative Commons.

Green building is doubling every three years, according to Dodge Data & Analytics' World Green Building Trends 2016 report.

This finding validates research from previous research. The report cites new trends and drivers including a rise in green building in emerging economies and increased pressure from clients and tenants for sustainability.

The survey found that 50% of respondents said higher perceived costs was the top barrier to green building, a decline from 80% in 2008 and 76% in 2012. Developing countries consider lack of public awareness and lack of political support as a key barrier to green building, while the perception of green building in the U.K. is that it's for high-end projects only.

“Seventy percent of survey respondents cite lower operating costs as the greatest benefit – and these results provide a roadmap to continue growing this important segment," according to Bob McDonough, president of UTC Climate, Controls and Security. "It becomes a cycle as building owners seek to create healthy, energy-efficient and productive environments as a selling point to tenants."

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