Building owners, architects, engineers, contractors and sub-contractors are likely to continue to be involved in projects striving to attain green building certification in 2013.
“Green building in North America will rebound strongly in 2013, in terms of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project registration,” predicts industry consultant Yudelson Associates, Tucson, Ariz.
“Even with commercial and governmental projects proceeding at a lower level, there should be faster growth in green retrofits, with surging college and university projects, along with NGO (non-governmental organization) activity,” the company’s Jerry Yudelson states in a January 2013 news release.
“It looks like a good year ahead for the green building industry,” he continues. “More people are building green each year, with 50,000 LEED projects underway [globally] by the latest counts; there is nothing on the horizon that will stop this mega-trend or its constituent elements.”
Green building renovation and re-purposing has grown the fastest, says Yudelson. “The fastest growing LEED rating system the past three years has been LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M), with cumulative floor area in these certified projects now greater than in new construction.”