Green building continues to double every three years, with strongest acceleration in emerging economies, and clients and tenants worldwide increasingly demanding sustainability – for both energy efficiency and occupant benefit.
These findings and others from the World Green Building Trends 2016 report by Dodge Data & Analytics, with funding from United Technologies, were announced today by Bob McDonough, president, UTC Climate, Controls & Security at the 2015 Greenbuild International Summit in Washington, D.C.
"It's critical that building industry professionals have the latest data and trends to inform designs and decisions," said McDonough. "This information is valuable as we look to accelerate buildings that will foster sustainable, healthy environments."
The new report surveyed more than 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists and consultants in 69 countries to understand their current green building project involvement and expectations for 2018. In addition to expanding the sample size by more than 25 percent over the 2012 study, the new report also has a higher percentage of architect and contractor participation across a larger number of countries.
"The greater engagement by practitioners reflects the current green building environment," said Stephen A. Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights, Dodge Data & Analytics. "Their responses demonstrate that sustainability continues to have a transformative effect on design and construction professionals globally."
The findings, which will be fully available in early 2016, reaffirm 2008 and 2012 research that green building is doubling every three years and introduce new trends, the latest drivers and barriers for green building.
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"These results reinforce what those in the green building industry already know – green buildings are better for the environment, better for business and better for the people within them," said John Mandyck, UTC Chief Sustainability Officer. "Green building activity continues to accelerate, with growing awareness of occupant and tenant benefits, speaking to the fact that the real, tangible benefits of green buildings are becoming more widely recognized."
The survey also examined potential barriers to green building development. Among the findings, half of survey respondents noted higher perceived costs as the top barrier to green building, a notable decline from 80 percent of respondents in 2008 and 76 percent in 2012. Other barriers differ by country. Developing countries regard lack of public awareness and lack of political support as a key barrier, while in the U.K., the perception that green is for high-end projects only was cited.
"There is some work to do, but this data shows the benefits of green buildings are real. Roughly 70 percent of survey respondents cite lower operating costs as the greatest benefit – and these results provide a roadmap to continue growing this important segment," added McDonough. "It becomes a cycle as building owners seek to create healthy, energy-efficient and productive environments – as a selling point to tenants."
Full results from the World Green Building Trends 2016 report, which was also supported by the U.S. Green Building Council and Saint Gobain, are expected in early 2016.