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Green Building Statistics: Demand is High, Design Experience is Low

We’ll be signing off today for the holiday weekend, but before we do that, I want to point out a couple of interesting green building statistics: one group collected by NAHB and the other which was mentioned during yesterday’s Green Building Initiative webinar discussing insurance and surety issues for green construction projects. During the webinar, one of the panelists noted that only 20 percent of his company’s (XL Specialty Insurance) insured design professionals consider themselves “very experienced” in green design- obviously a percentage to which XL is paying close attention in the context of green risk management.

On a different track, the National Association of Home Builders recently released figures from a survey of multi-family builders and developers. While 74 percent of respondents said that their buyers and renters are willing to pay more for green amenities, the median additional amount that they’re willing to pay is just 2 percent.

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From a risk management perspective, as more developers specify these- and other types- of green building materials, products, and systems, design professionals must continue to increase their working knowledge of those installations in order to better shield themselves from potential liability. Evеn though thеrе is ѕtіll ѕоmе controversy over thе еffесt of grееnhоuѕе gаѕеѕ on thе еnvіrоnmеnt, the lаѕt twо statistics аrе very іmроrtаnt fоr thоѕе оf us living in urban аrеаѕ еxреrіеnсіng continuous grоwth, еѕресіаllу the Amеrісаn Sоuthwеѕt. Wіth оur population еxраnѕіоn, аgіng wаtеr аnd еlесtrісаl іnfrаѕtruсturе, аnd ѕhrіnkіng lаndfіllѕ, dеѕіgnіng аnd constructing grееn and sustainable buildings mаkеѕ рrасtісаl ѕеnѕе frоm a utіlіtаrіаn perspective.

Have a great Labor Day and we’ll be back with you next Tuesday!

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2 Responses to Green Building Statistics: Demand is High, Design Experience is Low

  1. RLongert September 2, 2008 at 5:20 pm #

    These numbers are very interesting, and show that we have a long way to go in terms of bringing green building into the mainstream.

    Buildings are the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for nearly 48 percent of the greenhouse gases related to electricity production nationally, according to my client, The American Institute of Architects.

    Check out a video the AIA put together on the topic here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkbUeuLbw40

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