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Water-efficiency upgrades urged for Southwest
07/27/15 – The Republic
Arizona and the Southwest are dumping too much water down the drain, but the waste could be reduced by efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves, a conservation group contends.
Governments and utilities already save energy nationwide through the use of performance contracts — deals that pay contractors only for proven cost savings. Now it's time to apply the same method to water savings in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin, which includes Arizona, according to Western Resource Advocates.  Full article available at www.azcentral.com.

Findings conflict on green buildings ranking
07/07/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Real Estate Daily News reports that with 31.4 percent of its office space considered “green,” Phoenix ranked 18 out of 30 markets on the National Green Building Adoption Index 2015, a joint project of CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.

Despite scoring in the bottom half of most green building categories, metropolitan Phoenix showed improvement in several areas and moved up three positions to 18th overall.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Better Buildings Challenge has saved $1B in energy costs
06/15/15 – Greentech Media
The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.

More than 250 partners have signed on to the challenge, which calls for a 20 percent energy reduction over 10 years. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Water Policy
06/12/15 – The Republic
Companies that require large amounts of water to run their business will have to do more than just pay for the city’s supply if they want to locate in Chandler.

They will have to go out and find some of the water themselves. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Green Roofs Grow on Multifamily Buildings in Major U.S. Cities
06/02/15 – National Real Estate Investor
The condominiums at the Visionaire in New York City start at $690,000. The amenities include a 2,075-sq.-ft. rooftop garden with more than 160 species of ornamental plants, including vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees.

“There are lots of benefits to having a green roof—the short-term benefit is having a usable amenity space,” says Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

Wind power could be coming to all states, report says
05/28/15 – The Huffington Post
The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution.

Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller towers and longer blades, have the potential to push the country in that direction. Because of their design, these turbines can generate more power — and do so more efficiently — even in parts of the country, such as the Southeast, where wind is generally inconsistent and rather slow, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Obama announces new rule limiting water pollution
05/28/15 – The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping new clean water regulation meant to restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

The rule, which would apply to about 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, comes as part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to use his executive authority to build a major environmental legacy, without requiring new legislation from the Republican-controlled Congress.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

New ‘Tenant Star’ Label to Provide Energy Savings Perks for Occupiers
05/06/15 – CoStar
After being embroiled in Washington gridlock for several years, "Tenant Star"-- the first government-sponsored branding label issued to landlord and tenant teams who design, build-out and operate energy efficient, leased spaces -- has become law.

President Obama signed S. 535 into law April 30 at an Oval Office ceremony. The Real Estate Roundtable commercial real estate lobbying group and environmental advocates applauded the bipartisan legislation, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, which specifies various federal actions to increase energy and water efficiency in commercial and government buildings.  Full article available online at www.costar.com.

Western drought steals clean energy along with fresh water at power
04/27/15 – The Washington Post
INSIDE HOOVER DAM — The floor rumbled under Mark Cook. His legs vibrated as he stood in a tunnel tucked into the thick base of Hoover Dam, 430 feet below the tourists looking out over Lake Mead. Beneath him, water roared through steel pipes 13 feet tall. Nearby, heavy turbines hummed with mechanical intensity.

“We’re moving some good water today,” Cook, the dam manager, said proudly. Full article available online at www.roselawgroup.com.

 

Japan has just opened one of the world’s largest floating solar power plants, signaling increasing adoption of the efficient and innovative technology in the country, which is due partly to lack of space on land.

Colorado River shortage unlikely to affect cities, industries in near term, officials say
4/23/15 – Cronkite News
Arizona’s communities, industries, mines and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said Wednesday.

While Central Arizona Project rates may rise, deliveries for groundwater replenishment would be eliminated and central Arizona agriculture would take a hit, leaders of a workshop held at the Arizona Department of Water Resources said the state is ready for a shortage on the Colorado. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

Magnificent solar plane due here in May, to stay 3 days
04/11/15 – The Arizona Republic
The Solar Impulse 2, a plane that is circumnavigating the globe without a drop of fuel, is making Phoenix one of its 12 stops around the world.

The aircraft’s pilots say they are trying to change the world by flying around it in a plane powered by the sun’s energy.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

State bill would stop cities from requiring energy use disclosures from building owners
03/17/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
A bill at the Arizona Legislature would block Phoenix — and other cities — from requiring building owners to disclose their energy use.

Senate Bill 1241 was previously a bill related to the state’s Medicaid system but it has been changed completely via a so-called striker amendment to specifically prohibit cities from requiring energy use disclosures from commercial and apartment landlords. Full article available online at www.roselawgroupreporter.com.

GREENER STANDARDS IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
03/12/15 – Hipercept.com
In a report released by New York’s Department of Buildings (DOB), it was brought to attention that nine out of every 10 office or residential buildings fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. Federal funding to the tune of $123 million called for 90% of new buildings plans to comply by the code by 2017. As a result, Mayor de Blasio and the corresponding NYC officials have been cracking down on noncompliant properties. This compliance issue brings light to a bigger conversation on energy efficiency of commercial real estate buildings around the world, and what the future holds for both existing buildings and future developments.

The US is slowly making progress in the realm of energy efficiency in commercial real estate. New York State recently reported a savings of $4M in the first half of 2014 after implementing efficiency programs. Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle rank among the most energy efficient cities in the country, with a wealth of others putting programs into place that will save millions of dollars over the next few years. There are also initiatives by private companies such as Honeywell, who is working with the Hillsborough, New Jersey school district on an energy efficiency program. The district expects to cut energy use and costs by almost 50%, and save over $1 million per year. Europe is also turning towards more sustainable options, spending on energy efficient buildings by countries within the European Union is expected to reach over $800M in the next decade. So, with all these initiatives currently in progress, why aren’t we seeing more results?  Full article available online at www.hipercept.com.

Tucson Realtors lead by example on efficiency, sustainability
02/20/15 – Arizona Daily Star
With a look to the future, the Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) has taken several progressive steps forward to inject “sustainability” into the housing and real estate industry. Through technology and common sense, TAR wants to raise awareness, help educate and change the way our community thinks about development.
Along those lines, we have launched an ambitious program for 2015: “Sustainability: The Next Step in Real Estate.”  Full article available online at www.tucson.com.

Real estate industry seeing red over Phoenix green building plan
02/12/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
The real estate industry is upset with a plan from the city of Phoenix that would require commercial building owners report their energy consumption and use of renewable to a public database.

The city is considering energy reporting requirements for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. It would be a kin to ones in New York, San Francisco and other big cities. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

 Top of the Phoenix lists: LEED-Certified Buildings
01/16/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
Intel's Ocotillo Campus, the 14-building collection of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-level advancements in water saving and waste recycling, captured the No. 1 ranking in the Phoenix Business Journal's LEED-Certified Buildings list, published today.

The list was ranked by square footage. At 3.9 million square feet, the Intel facility was easily the largest on the list. Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

 Taylor Morrison Named Green Home Builder’s 2014 Green Builder of the Year
01//14/15 – In Business Magazine
Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading homebuilder and developer in North America, has received the 2014 Builder of the Year honor from Green Home Builder magazine, a national trade publication focused on certified housing and energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices.


“We are honored by this recognition from Green Home Builder. As a company that has always maintained a strong commitment to the sustainability of the communities we build and service, our responsibility for the environment continues to be a priority for Taylor Morrison,” said Sheryl Palmer, chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison. “Increasingly, homebuyers share this priority, and we are constantly looking for ways to distinguish ourselves and our products through a continued commitment to improving our environmental footprint while maintaining our competitive value proposition.”  Full article available online at www.inbusinessmag.com.

 States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards
1/1/15 - Huffington Post
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state's largest electric provider on New Year's Day.


Tapping into the multimillion-dollar Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio.  Full article available online at www.huntingtonpost.com.

 Arizona farmers sacrifice to head off water crisis
12/13/14 - Azcentral
All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River.


That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them. Full article available online at www.azcentral.com.

Energy efficiency programs that could be cut have helped thousands of consumers
11/15/14 – Rose Law Group Reporter  
Solar power might be the popular kid on the block in Arizona, but far more utility customers participate in energy-efficiency programs than put solar on their roofs, and far more will be affected if those programs are cut, as regulators propose.
Arizona Public Service Co., for example, has about 29,000 customers with rooftop solar, among the most of any U.S. utility.
 
But that pales in comparison with the hundreds of thousands of customers who have energy-efficient appliances, well-built homes and use low-watt light bulbs, all funded in part by the company’s efficiency program.  Full article available online at www.roselawgroup.com.


Cairo's ultra-green mixed-use development will be topped with flowing solar canopy
11/03/14 - Building Construction & Design
Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architecture has come up with a plan for a mixed-use complex located in Cairo that combines vegetation and structure to communicate Egypt's inclination toward progressive architecture, designboom reports. The proposal's main purpose is to raise awareness of sustainable architecture designed to combat global warming. 

 

The roof is solar, and shades green rooftop terraces and sky villas. This conserves energy otherwise needed for cooling, as do the solar panels and heating tubes on the roof.  The full article is available online at www.bdcnetwork.com.

$350M ‘green’ condominium project moves into Scottsdale
10/23/14 - AZRE
The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf, a “green” luxury condominium development, is set to launch sales in early November. The $350M development is one of the largest luxury residential projects in the Southwest.

Developed by Scottsdale-based Cypress Development Group, The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will be the most luxurious condominium community to ever be developed and sold in Arizona as defined by its exclusive location, proposed LEED-certified building techniques, effortless ownership services, world-class amenities and distinctive finishes. The project is adjacent to Cypress’ Sterling at Silverleaf community of luxury, LEED-certified villas.  Full article available online at www.azre.com.

 ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is incomplete
10/22/14 - The State Press
ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative was launched on April 1 of this year, though it has been in the works for several years. One of many efforts centered around sustainability on campus, the Zero Waste program has been publicized fairly well and many of its programs have already been implemented. For instance, there are recycling bins on every corner; composting bins have been installed at Hassayampa and Barrett, the Honors College’s dining halls; cardboard collecting services have been implemented in Tempe and Polytechnic; hand dryers have been installed in most restrooms at all four campuses; and even more obscure efforts, such as athletic shoe collection, have been enacted in order to reduce solid waste diversion by 90 percent.

ASU’s effort to become a more sustainable institution should not be a surprise given the presence of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability, one of the best sustainability programs in the world — and similar enterprises should be setting comparable goals. However, while reducing ASU’s waste is an extremely important and noble goal given its immense ecological footprint (17.72 million gross square feet), the Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is ultimately incomplete. Full article online at www.statepress.com.


 SkySong 3 Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

10/03/814 - Commercial Executive Magazine

SkySong3 The four-story, 145,000-square-foot office and research building at the intersection of SkySong Boulevard and Innovation Place has achieved Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the U.S. Buildings are measured based on the number of points they earn across the categories of green building, such as energy, water, indoor environment, location and materials.  Full article available online at www.cem-az.com.

 

Net-Zero Energy townhomes coming to downtown Scottsdale  
09/30/14 - arizona.newszap.com
MODUS Icon is launching Arizona’s first Net-Zero Energy townhomes, “MZ” in downtown Scottsdale on Friday, Oct. 17. 

With a proximity to downtown restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, spas, and shopping districts, MODUS Icon officials contend the multifamily housing development is a cut-above other options available in Scottsdale. Full article available online at www.arizona.newszap.com.


Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results
07/01/14 - Mckinsey.com
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go.
Company leaders are rallying behind sustainability, and executives overall believe the issue is increasingly important to their companies’ strategy. But as it continues to grow into a core business issue, challenges to capturing its full value lie ahead. These are among the key findings from our most recent McKinsey survey on the topic,1 which asked respondents about the actions their companies are taking to address environmental, social, or governance issues, the practices they use to manage sustainability, and the value at stake.

One such challenge is reputation management. Year over year, large shares of executives cite reputation as a top reason their companies address sustainability; of the 13 core activities we asked about, they say reputation has the most value potential for their industries. However, many of this year’s respondents say their companies are not pursuing the reputation-building activities that would maximize that financial value.  Full article available online at www.mckinsey.com.

The World's Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich
07/02/13 - Inhabitat.com 
Munich, Germany now boasts the greenest office building in the world. NuOffice is off the charts in all sustainability metrics, easily achieving LEED platinum status. European research project DIRECTION and scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics banded together to help design the über-green building, hoping it will serve as a model for future new construction across the globe.
In order to raise the bar on the building’s energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing renewable energy sources as main suppliers to the building. NuOffice’s roof alternates between lush, insulating greenery and a powerful photovoltaic array that adds to the building’s power needs.  Full article available online at
www.inhabitat.com.

New Chinese City Goes Green For The Health Benefits
06/27/13 - Earth Techling Newsletter
Where you live can have a big impact on your health. Bad air quality, a lack of green space, or too much soul-crushing traffic, and your physical and emotional health can take a nosedive. The terrible thing is, we’re so used to these problems, that we consider them normal, and completely ignore the way they make us feel.

A new project by Peter Ruge Architekten aims to find out if changing the very layout and construction of a city can alleviate those problems instead of making them worse. The firm is planning a city in China’s Hainan Province. It will be called ‘Green Health City‘ and could eventually serve as a sustainable urban prototype.  Full article available online at www.earthtechling.com.

Energy Star Portfolio Tool Upgrade Delayed
07/03/13 - EnergyStar
We regret to inform you that release of the upgraded Portfolio Manager tool, which was originally scheduled for July 10, is being postponed to allow EPA to conduct additional checks to verify correct and complete data migration. The new tool will now be released on Wednesday, July 17.
 
We are excited to let you know that the new Portfolio Manager tool is fully functional and all data and account records have been migrated over from the old tool. However, our first priority continues to be ensuring that the tens of millions of data points contained within Portfolio Manager's 70,000 active accounts have been migrated correctly and completely by the time of launch. To that end, EPA has decided to postpone the release for one week.
 
We appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  More information at
www.energystar.gov.

LEED v4 Passes Ballot, Will Launch This Fall
07/02/13 - EDC Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s premier green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.

“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee. “USGBC sets a very high bar for a rating system to be approved. The rating system must earn a significant percentage of the overall vote as well as a majority approval from each of the various LEED stakeholder groups. This ensures that rating system approval represents the full diversity of USGBC’s membership.”  Full article available online at www.edcmag.com.

New Pilot Unlocks Deep Energy Efficiency in Buildings
06/20/13 - EC&M.com
For the first time, an electric utility is testing a 20-year model to purchase metered energy-efficiency savings. The agreement between Seattle City Light and the Bullitt Foundation is designed to make deep energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings economically feasible.

“This is a great partnership between the City and the private sector to encourage energy efficiency,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “I hope this project can serve as a model for others to save money, reduce energy usage, and cut our carbon emissions.”  Full article available online at www.ecmweb.com.

Industrial Still Fights for Full Seat at LEED Table
06/24/13  - National Real Estate Investor
The industrial sector, as a whole, with massive expanses of indoor space, has been the last property type to jump fully on to the sustainability bandwagon, in part because professional green certification processes haven’t caught up to the sector’s unique needs.

However, due to tenant and customer demand, more new construction and retrofit industrial projects are gaining professional green certification. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, 117 manufacturing properties have earned LEED certification, totaling 41 million sq. ft. This number should see strong growth, however, as 703 more projects have registered for certification, totaling 221 million sq. ft.  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

How to Manage “Green Fatigue”
06/20/13 - NAIOP
Businesses and consumers are inundated with “green,” whether watching TV or going to the car wash. It’s enough to force many to simply tune-out, ignoring calls for lower carbon footprints, recycling, and driving less.

So what does this mean for commercial building owners? Unfortunately, it means building occupants and visitors are often those very same green-fatigued consumers who are tuning out the benefits of their state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and energy efficient surroundings. In addition, many of the building management teams have reached their limits relative to green courses and certifications, filling out extensive new forms and working with consultants — all tasks carried out in addition to their already heavy workloads.  Full article available online at www.naiop.org.

Grocers Reduce, Recycle and Re-Educate Customers on Green Buying
06/10/03 - National Real Estate Investor
Grocers have gradually bought into green initiatives, launching sustainability programs that focus on conservation of water and energy, reduction of truck traffic and zero-waste technology.

Whole Foods, for example, recently partnered with agribusiness Gotham Greens to build a 20,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse on top of a planned store in Brooklyn. The store will open in the Gowanus neighborhood in the fall.  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

Free LEED Certification For Groundbreaking Projects Abroad
06/10/13 - Environmental Leader
With the aim of broadening the reach of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and accelerating the growth of sustainable development in new markets, the US Green Building Council will offer free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in 112 countries abroad.

The LEED Earth initiative will promote the introduction of  better performing buildings in countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Belarus, Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Full article available online at www.environmentalleader.com.

World's First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK
06/05/13 - Inhabitat.com
The Carbon Buster is the world’s first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg per ton). The high-performing masonry product, developed by British company Lignacite, Ltd. in partnership with Carbon8 Aggregates, is made up of more than 50% recycled material – including Carbon8 pellets (which are made of thermal residue from waste to energy plants), water and carbon dioxide. The resulting aggregate is incorporated into the company’s products to create the carbon negative building block.  Full article online at www.inhabitat.com.

Wells Fargo goes green with new Tempe branch
06/03/13 - Phoenix Business Journal
Wells Fargo has opened its newest branch in Tempe, adding to a handful of Arizona branches that meet LEED Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Wells Fargo has five LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) stores in Arizona, said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.  Full article available onine at www.bizjournal.com.

Salt River Fields wins architecture award
06/03/13 - Phoenix Business Journal
The Scottsdale spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies has won an architecture award.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick won a national design honor from Architectural Record magazine. The ballpark opened in 2011 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  Full article available online at www.bizjournals.com.

LEED® for Retail: Growing a Sustainable Brand
05/30/13 - Larson Design Group
Sustainability isn’t just a buzzword. It’s here to stay and, for many companies, it is clear that recent interest in environmental stewardship is beginning to change business as usual for good.

With consumers increasingly buying into the green movement and making sustainable choices, there has never been a better time for companies to start to adopt green business practices. Companies are finding that their customers embrace shopping at stores or dining in restaurants that have proven environmental stewardship. People feel good about going to those places, and that can translate to more time spent shopping or more dollars spent at the register.  Full article available online at www.ldgblog.com.

“Net Zero-Plus” Campus to Be National Model for Sustainability Strategies
05/15/13 - National Real Estate Investor
A self-sustaining “Net Zero-Plus” college campus being built in Palm Springs, Calif., is under way to becoming a national model for sustainability strategies.

HGA Architects and Engineers has completed the design for phase one of the new West Valley Campus at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif.—a project that sets new benchmarks for integrating sustainable design and high-performance building technologies into the academic curriculum. HGA is directing the master planning, programming, design and sustainability of the campus, which will become a national model for innovative sustainable strategies.  Full article available online at www.nreionline.com.

Phoenix Regional office becomes first Net-Zero Energy Building in Arizona
05/21/13 - World Interior Design Network.com
The Phoenix office is the largest building in the world and only the second in the US to achieve NZEB certification to date. In addition to that the facility has also achieved LEED NC Platinum certification.

Transforming the remains of a 1972 abandoned retail boutique, the Phoenix Regional office has been designed by architectural firm SmithGroupJJR as a living lab for the Arizona community. Located in Phoenix’s Discovery Triangle at the corner of 44th Street and Van Buren, the renovated Phoenix Regional office consists of 16,533 square feet of space.  Full article available online at www.worldinteriordesignnetwork.com.

Next Generation of Solar PV Could Be Organic
05/20/13 - Design Buildi Source
While solar photovoltaic devices have traditionally consisted of shiny metallic panels bearing a strong resemblance to tinted mirrors, the next generation of the technology could undergo a radical change in form and constitution via the incorporation of organic materials.

Qiaoqiang Gan, assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Buffalo, is leading efforts to develop this new generation of photovoltaic technology in hopes of creating a product which can generate greater power for far lower cost.  Full article available online at www.designbuildsource.com.

Report: Green Material Demand To Increase
05/10/13 - GlobeSt.com
The worldwide market for green construction materials is estimated to grow from $116 billion in 2013 to greater than $254 billion in 2020.
BOULDER, CO-Demand for green buildings, and the materials that go into them, has remained relatively buoyant during the global recession. And according to a new report, future market growth for green buildings and the commensurate use of green materials will be driven by a combination of policies and regulations that prioritize energy efficiency and green design, the expansion of voluntary certification programs for green buildings, cost reductions for green materials, consumer demand, and growing evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages.

Locally based Navigant Research estimates that the worldwide market for green construction materials will grow from $116 billion in 2013 to greater than $254 billion in 2020.  Full article available online at

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