ConstructionPro Week, Volume: Construction Advisor Today - Issue: 84 - 12/03/2010

GBI Survey: Council Expects Huge Increases in Green Building Certifications

Construction Advisor Today Exclusive

 

A plurality of national green building council representatives responding to a WPL Publishing survey believe that attending conferences is the best way for them to learn about developments in the green building community abroad. In information being made available only to Construction Advisor Today's readers, 42.2 percent of surveyed representatives from member councils of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) believe that international conferences are a better option than other methods for exchanging such information, such as industry trade group publications, which only 13.3 percent of respondents indicated as the best option.

 

 

For the survey, 47 WGBC member councils of the WGBC each permitted a representative to submit responses to a questionnaire that WPL Publishing 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. Additional results are available in an article that WPL posted on its Green Building Insider website (www.greenbuildinginsider.com).

 

Almost three in 10 respondents (28.9 percent) indicated that independent, fee-based publications available either online or through the mail are the best resource for them to learn about green building developments outside of their countries. Only 2.2 percent of survey participants believe government information resources are the best place to turn to learn about international green building developments.

 

Each of the remaining respondents (13.3 percent) provided a response not listed in the survey questionnaire as an answer option. A few of these respondents indicated a preference to learn about developments through interaction with officials with other green building councils and the WGBC.  


The GBI article reveals that the vast majority of national green building councils responding to the 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.

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 predicted 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.

 

The article breaks down the amount of growth expected in individual countries and reports the results of how participating green building councils 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 www.greenbuildinginsider.com.

 

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