Report shows green building remains a priority worldwide

The recently released 2021 World Green Building Trends Report reveals that efforts to increase green building and cut carbon emissions remain top priorities around the world.

The report was published by the Dodge Construction network and contributing partner the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and surveyed more than 1,200 industry professionals such as engineers, architects/designers, contractors, owners, developers, inventors and consultants. It found that despite the challenges of COVID-19 over the past two years, commitments to green building remain high for various reasons, including: lowering operating costs and carbon emissions; reducing energy and water consumption; market demand for healthier buildings; internal corporate commitments; and because it’s the “right thing to do.”

Respondents say they are now focusing on strategies to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint of building projects in order to create net-zero/net-positive buildings, with 79 per cent reporting use of at least one metric to track building performance. In addition, 82 per cent of respondents said they were aware of the concept of embodied carbon (emissions from the manufacture, transportation, installation, maintenance and disposal of building materials). They also noted that “messaging about increasing filtered air exchange in buildings directly influenced their choice of HVAC system while social distancing impacted building design.”

According to the report, “the average reduction in operating costs for the first 12 months in a new green building is 10.5 per cent and five-year costs savings are 16.9 per cent. Owners also report that new and retrofit green building projects see an increase in asset value by more than nine per cent.”

Click here to read the report.

U.S. Green Building Council