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LEED in Motion green professionalsGreen building is growing fast in the US, and may represent more than half of all commercial and institutional construction as soon as 2016.

A new report from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), details green building’s exponential growth and outlines both the value of the industry and its reach into American lives.

The report is the first of three LEED in Motion summaries planned for release in 2013, and it reveals yet another key indictor that sustainability can be as much an economic boost as an environmental one.

Millions Living And Working In Green Buildings

As a snapshot in time, People and Progress finds millions of Americans benefiting from LEED projects. USGBC estimates more than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings every day, while more than 6.2 million people experience LEED projects every day during their daily routine.

Green building, of which LEED properties are a key subset of, represented around 44% of all commercial and institutional construction in America across 2012, and that percentage should pass 55% as early as 2016.

All this growth means jobs and profits, according to USGBC. Green building could top 0 billion in revenue with 835 million square feet of construction this year, 35% of all US construction jobs today are in green building, and industry revenue could top 8 billion by 2016.

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While Washington, DC has long led the US in per-capita LEED certifications, that may be set to change, as California and New York State took the lead with the most LEED professionals and USGBC members. Fitting, considering California’s place as the epicenter of America’s clean tech market and New York City’s success with energy efficiency retrofits.

Commercial Buildings Lead, But Residential Projects On The Upswing

USGBC’s findings echo the results of McGraw Hill Construction’s “ released earlier this year, which estimated more than half of all new retail, restaurant, and hotel construction would be green building projects by 2015, boosting values anywhere from 7%-11%

Commercial buildings have traditionally led the green building charge, but residential properties are also growing fast. USGBC finds 93, 120 bedrooms in 10, 174 LEED-certified single-family homes and 1, 236 LEED-certified multifamily buildings. Previous market research has predicted residential green building projects could be worth up to $114 billion industry-wide by 2016.

From Novelty To Norm

This growing exposure to green buildings and sustainable design seems like it’s starting to move LEED certifications from novel to must-have. “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, ” said Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC CEO.

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How to design loads for green building construction?

i am doing design project on green buildings in the final year of civil engineering...having confusions on how to design structural members and its procedure..can some one help me in design procedure and how to calculate loads using green materials? no use using google it....not much of help :(

There is nothing special about the structural design of a green building. The loads are no different. You just need the properties of the materials being used. With the known loads and the material properties you can do a design just as if the whole thing was made of concrete, wood or steel.

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Is the promotion of "green" construction by the building industry hypocrisy? - Quora

The reality is that our buildings continue to age, and older buildings are notorious energy hogs and the population continues to grow and the need for housing along with it.  Since the demand is going to continue, shouldn't we do our best to build the best, most efficient buildings we can?  I think we should also invest in our older buildings and make them more energy efficient.  There is a huge stock of older homes that are due for major energy renovations.