Green Building Insider Survey: World’s Green Building Councils Expect Huge Increases in the Number of Green-Certified Buildings Within Their Countries

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Thirty-five of the 47 national green building councils participating in the newsletter’s recent survey predicted that there will be at least a doubling in the number of green-certified buildings (under any rating system) within their countries by late 2015.

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The vast majority of national green building councils participating in Green Building Insider's latest survey foresee substantial increases in both the number of green-certified buildings within their countries and the size of their memberships over the next five years.

For the survey, 47 member councils of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) each permitted a representative to submit responses to a questionnaire that GBI made available to them throughout November. Councils participating in the survey, combined, represent more than half of WGBC’s membership and serve countries whose populations total an estimated 3.14 billion people.

Thirty-seven of the 47 councils responding to the survey predicted that there will be at least a 100 percent increase in their respective memberships over the next five years. Also, 35 responding councils forecast that there will be at least a doubling in the number of green-certified buildings (under any rating system) within their countries during the same period.

An article in the Dec. 1 edition of WPL Publishing's Green Building Insider newsletter (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com) breaks down the amount of growth expected in individual countries and reports the results of how participating representatives answered the following questions:

  • How would you characterize the current state of the green building industry in your country?
  • How would you characterize the public's interest in green construction within your country?
  • What do you believe is the primary impediment to green construction within your country?
  • What is the current status of a comprehensive green construction code within your country?
  • To what extent, if any, do you believe the International Green Construction Code should be adopted within your country?
  • Which type of green building feature should be emphasized most heavily in your country?

Responses to these questions as well as select quotes from individual representatives are included in the article, which is available via subscription to the Green Building Insider twice-monthly, independent newsletter. For subscription information, visit http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com.

Portland, Ore.-based Green Building Services -- whose stated mission is to “provide services and tools to design, construct, and operate buildings and communities that are responsible, enduring, and healthy” -- assisted in the development of the survey questions.

Green Building Insider, published by WPL Publishing, reports the latest developments involving green buildings at the local, state, federal, and international levels. The online newsletter provides unbiased coverage of emerging news relating to government policies and grants, industry standards, research projects, green products and practices, and other developments in the worldwide green building community.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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