What Certification is Right for Your Green Building Project?
More and more construction projects are choosing to adhere to green building standards. For years, LEED certification has been the gold (or bronze, or silver) standard for measuring a building’s sustainability. Al Zucco, who is an executive leading Energy, Environmental, Product Safety & Health, and Sustainability teams at USG Corp. (a leading manufacturer of building systems and technologies) says other options exist and are worth considering.
Growth in Green Building
According to Dodge Data and Analytics’ latest World Green Building Trends 2016 report, global green building continues to double every three years. Even in a highly developed market like the United States, nearly half (44%) of the Dodge survey respondents reported that more than 30% of their projects are green today and more than 58% of the respondents expect to build green for more than 30% of their projects in 2018. It is clear that green building remains strong and is expected to continue to grow into the future.
According to the report, the main influencers of this growth include client demands, followed by other factors such as the right thing to do, state environmental regulations, market demands and the drive for lower operating costs.
In addition to being a global sustainability expert, Al Zucco is an executive doctoral student with the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University.