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Green Building Trends for 2013
Sustainablebusiness.com / January 11, 2013
Green building will continue its rapid expansion around the world in 2013, even in the face of continuing economic difficulties in the US and Europe, says consultant Jerry Yudelson.
By the latest count, there are 50,000 LEED projects underway.
Here’s what Yudelson sees as the most important trends this year in green building:
Green Renovations lead in North America. The fastest growth will be in green retrofits at universities at non-profits.
In fact, the focus of the green building industry is changing from new buildings to greening existing buildings. LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) has been seeing the most certifications in the past three years, and now exceeds new construction certifications by cumulative floor area.
Green Buildings will increasingly be managed in the “Cloud.” Over the past two years, many products have emerged in building automation, facility management, wireless controls and building services information management.