The Future of GREEN buildings
By Clay Nesler
As the U.S. green building movement enters its third decade, it is clear that the market has reached a tipping point. While the industry initially focused on new construction, more activity is now focused on existing buildings. The 2013 Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) research study of 500 facility management executives in the U.S. indicates that only 5% had certified a green building prior to 2012 while 29% plan to certify a least one facility in 2013. This represents tremendous growth in the sweet spot of the market – existing commercial buildings. But as the market evolves for green buildings, so should the definition of green buildings. LEED v4.0, the updated USGBC rating system, takes a big step forward in this evolution.
The updated rating system reflects a number of emerging industry trends directly impacting the design, operation and renewal of commercial buildings. In the next decade, buildings will become more Grid-responsive, Resilent, Efficient, Energy-positive and Networked. In other words, they will become more GREEN.
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