USGBC REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GROWTH IN GREEN BUILDING INDUSTRY

The growing green building industry in the United States is projected to account for more than half of all commercial and institutional construction by 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) said in a new report.

Green building accounted for an estimated 44 percent of all commercial and institutional construction in the United States in 2012 and that share is expected to grow to 55 percent by 2016, USGBC said in its LEED in Motion: People and Progress report.

LEED in Motion, released Aug. 14, is the first of three reports that seek to show the breadth and momentum of the U.S. green building movement. The next two reports, expected later this year, will focus on places and policies, and impacts and innovation.

The first report offered a statistical snapshot of the people and organizations driving the U.S. green building industry, which is estimated to be worth $96 billion to $140 billion in 2013.

"The new LEED in Motion report reflects that incredible cross-section of people - diverse in background, geography and vocation - who are working together to fulfill USGBC's mission of a sustainably built environment within a generation," Rick Fedrizzi, president, chief executive officer, and founding chairman of USGBC, said in a statement.

More than 4.3 million people live and work in buildings certified by USGBC's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the report said.

It also highlighted by sector and geographic distribution the more than 186,000 professionals who hold LEED credentials and the nearly 13,000 USGBC member organizations.

Professional firms, contractors and builders, and product manufacturers make up the majority of USGBC membership, totaling almost 10,000 members. Another 371 members are from federal, state, and local governments.

In the report's ranking of states, California and New York took the top two spots, respectively, for having the most LEED professionals and USGBC member companies. Globally, the United States has the highest number of USGBC members, at almost 11,700, but Canada and Mexico also made the report's top five countries.

LEED in Motion: People and Progress is available for USGBC members at http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-motion-people-and-progress.

Andrea Vittorio

Andrea covers sustainability issues for Bloomberg BNA.

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