Despite economy, record year for green buildings predicted
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- Turner Construction's "Green Building Barometer" reports that a full 75% of real estate developers will not be deterred from building green, despite the credit crunch. And 83% will be "very likely" to pursue a LEED rating for their projects.
- McGraw-Hill's 2008 Smart Market Report indicates that 70% of home buyers are "much more inclined" to buy a green home over a conventional home in a down market. And that number goes to 78% for individuals making less than $50,000 a year, proving that green is no longer just for the affluent.
- A joint report by BOMA (the Building Owner's & Manager's Association) USGBC and others, shows that over 80% of commercial building owners have allocated funds for green initiatives and almost half will be increasing that funding in 2009.
- A study by Greener World Media shows that currently $10 billion in green products and systems are tied to LEED-rated buildings, and that number is projected to grow 10 times by the year 2020.
- The Center for American Progress projected that a $100 billion infrastructure investment over ten years would create 2 million new permanent jobs.
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