Green Remodeling Continues to Boom!
Make no mistake: the "green building" market is not only here to stay,
but it's also the wave of the future. In just the next five years, the
market for buildings that incorporate alternative energy and
conservation techniques will increase some $10-20 billion dollars. Yet
the green building market only constituted about two percent of new
construction in 2004. By 2010, that figure is expected to jump to 5-10
percent, which still represents only a tiny fraction of the immense
potential of the green building market.
A recent survey showed that more than 70 percent of the architects,
engineers, contractors and building owners interviewed expect a
significant increase in their income from green building. Of those
surveyed, some 60 percent of those industry professionals are now
regularly including green techniques in their new construction projects.
Although they cost a bit more to construct, once the buildings are
completed, they can save their occupants 8-9 percent in operating costs
vs. conventional buildings, which can add up to significant savings over
time. Recognizing the trend, builders, architects, and manufacturers are
rushing to get in on the boom, which will ultimately bring down prices
This is no longer just a few environmentally-minded homeowners placing
solar collectors on their roofs to heat water. The boom is being driven
by giant corporations like Ford, GM, and Adobe, companies that have
incorporated green techniques into their buildings to improve their
overall bottom line through increased energy savings. That trend proves
that green buildings are no longer just a fad, and are definitely here
to stay, because if companies can realize a quick return on their
investment, they're also quick to jump on the green building bandwagon.
Green building isn't just the
wave of the future. Green building is also the hottest "new" thing in
current construction. There's an organization called the U.S. Green
Building Council that actively promotes the usage of green building
techniques. If you or your company are interested in incorporating green
features in your next building project, you'll find lots of information
at www.usgbc.org .
It all adds up to a win-win situation for everyone concerned. The
building industry gets increased business, occupants save significant
amounts of money, and the environment is impacted less and less. And the
trend should only gain momentum as new technology makes green buildings
even more efficient and less expensive.
Copyright © 2006 Jeanette J. Fisher
Jeanette Fisher has researched the effects of environment on emotions
for over 15 years. She teaches interior design college courses and
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