Construction Industry Views Green as Good, Necessary

February 11, 2008
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

RALEIGH, N.C. - According to FMI’s 2008 U.S. Construction Overview, construction industry stakeholders are increasingly recognizing green building capabilities as “good,” labeling them as a necessary part of a firm’s best practices. As reported by FMI, green building is no longer a niche sector and three major trends are pushing green building to the forefront of the construction industry.

According to the report, green nonresidential construction put in place totaled $13.4 billion in 2006, and by 2008 $21.2 billion of all new nonresidential construction will employ the use of green building principles. The growth in green construction has created a shift in perception among owners and the architectural and engineering communities.

“Construction industry stakeholders have embraced the green movement and sustainable design for its energy savings, worker productivity increases, and positive public perception,” stated the report.

In 2008, the three largest segments for nonresidential construction green building (offices, education, and health care) will account for more than 80 percent of total nonresidential green construction. Other segments, such as lodging and commercial, are also experiencing green construction growth, with a 20 percent gain expected from 2007 to 2008.

The three major trends pushing green building to the forefront of the construction industry’s consciousness include government initiatives, heightened residential demand for green construction, and improvements in sustainable materials.

“Green building will continue to grow. It is not a question of whether your firm should invest in understanding the green sustainable trend and how to produce sustainable projects, it’s how much should you invest and how fast,” said Rick Dutmer, consulting group manager for FMI. “Developing a strategy now to assess the capabilities of your firm, and create actions to take advantage of the sustainable opportunities is fundamental.”

For more information, visit

Publication date: 02/11/2008

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts


NEWS 04-21-14 cover

2014 April 21

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con