Building Owners Increasing Green Building Practices

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A recent report by the US Green Building Council showed that building owners are increasingly utilizing environment-friendly and energy-efficient green building practices. As a matter of fact, the movement has been so expansive that it has started to include entire communities.

The total footprint area of commercial projects that have been certified under the LEED program has reached 2 billion square feet. The growth has been so staggering that an additional 7 billion square feet across the globe is currently underway.

Some of the most popular practices include the installation of energy-efficient heat and water systems, drought-resistant landscaping, and solar panels. These are most common features among older buildings to be upgraded.

The green building trend has been beneficial among professionals in the industry as well. Engineers and architects have been working to produce the most cutting-edge breakthroughs in the green building industry. As a matter of fact, the US Green Building Council estimates that the demand for green buildings has created roughly 8 million jobs from 2009 to 2012. As for its contribution to the country’s GDP, the green building industry is accountable for around $554 billion worth of contribution.

Aside from the increased demand for professions in the industry, the rise of green buildings has also created a revitalized attraction for tenants. Because of the known benefits of a green working space to employees, companies produce happier and better motivated employees.  Multiple studies have shown that green buildings positively affect the reduction of asthma, depression, stress, and absenteeism.

With the inclusion of the newest designation of the US Green Building Council, the LEED for Neighborhood Development, the green development has become even stronger. The LEED for Neighborhood Development has received as much as a $500,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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