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Green Building Impact Report 2009

Green Building Impact Report 2009

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© 2009 Greener World Media, Inc. (www.greenerworldmedia.com). May be reproduced or noncommercialpurposes only, provided credit is given to Greener World Media, Inc., and includes this copyright notice.
by ROB WATSON
 
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Executive Editor 
REPORT
2009
GREEN BUILDING
IMPACTMARKET
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© 2009 Greener World Media, Inc. (www.greenerworldmedia.com). May be reproduced or noncommercialpurposes only, provided credit is given to Greener World Media, Inc., and includes this copyright notice.
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Executive Summary .............................................................................3
LEED Market Trends ...................................................................................5Site and Land Use Impacts .......................................................................10Water Eciency Impacts ..........................................................................13Energy Impacts .........................................................................................15Materials Impacts .....................................................................................24Indoor Environmental Quality ..................................................................26The Big Picture .........................................................................................28What’s Next ..............................................................................................30
Appendix: Methodology ...................................................................31
About the Author .....................................................................................35About Greener World Media ....................................................................36
Researched and Written by Rob Watson
For Greener World Media:
Joel Makower, Executive EditorMatthew Wheeland, Managing EditorLeslie Guevarra, Associate EditorPete May, President and PublisherKatherine Eastman, Marketing CoordinatorInographics by Seth Fields
Thanks to Our Sponsor:
© 2009 Greener World Media, Inc. (www.greenerworldmedia.com). May bereproduced or noncommercial purposes only, provided credit is given toGreener World Media, Inc., and includes this copyright notice.
 
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© 2009 Greener World Media, Inc. (www.greenerworldmedia.com). May be reproduced or noncommercialpurposes only, provided credit is given to Greener World Media, Inc., and includes this copyright notice.
The great American philosopher Yogi Berra once noted: “It’s tough to makepredictions, especially about the uture.” Most orecasts or 2009, including ours,called or a fattening or even decline in LEED project registrations, mirroringthe general malaise in the market. However, LEED registered and certied foorarea in 2009 is estimated to grow by over 40% compared to last year’s totals, ora cumulative total o over 7 billion square eet worldwide since the standard waslaunched in 2000.
New Construction Registrations Exceed National Construction Starts
Dramatic declines in 2009 U.S. new non-residential construction might result inconstruction starts dipping below the one billion square oot mark or the rsttime in many years, yet registrations o LEED new construction projects in theU.S. are expected to exceed 1 billion square eet! Although the majority o LEEDprojects registered this year are unlikely to start construction this year, it is nothard to imagine that 25% or more o new non-residential construction startsbeing registered, which implies that in registrations the LEED Version 2 (V2)standard has pretty much ully penetrated the market.
Construction Industry Clambers Aboard ‘Green Lieboat’ but InternationalDisappoints
There may be a “lieboat eect” at work, where the marketis jumping to the hot trend in the hopes o dodging the economic bullet.Somewhat refecting this, membership in the USGBC is stronger than orecast,expecting to grow over 10% and top 20,000 or the rst time, compared with apredicted 3% decrease. As a category, International LEED projects showed thegreatest decline in foor area, partially refecting the assumption o certicationduties by Canada and India.
LEED 2009 Launches as Version 2 Sunsets
The other clear infuence on theyear-to-date registration gures is the sunsetting o the V2 standard as LEED2009 rolls out. In the run-up to the LEED Version 3, there was a huge spike inJune, with over 4,000 projects registering the month beore the deadline.
LEED Certied Floor Area Sets New Record
Over 350 million square eet o LEED buildings certied in 2009, tripling the record certication in 2008 andexceeding all certied foor area to date by more than 30%. As impressive as thisgure is, in 2010, certied foor area will need to almost triple again in order tokeep up with the explosion o registrations that began in 2007.
LEED EB is the Certication Champion and CI Surges
LEED or ExistingBuildings (EB) certied almost 15% more foor area in 2009—over 10 millionsquare eet—than did LEED or New Construction (NC) and added over 65%new foor area, which to us signals a welcome trend toward the green operationo buildings. Last year, we did not include LEED or Commercial Interiors (CI)in our calculations. CI registered foor area almost tripled to over 200 millionsquare eet this year, and showed similar growth in certications.
ENVIRONMENTAL TRENDS
Overall, LEED’s green impact shows some impressive numbers, but relative tothe problem still is not providing sucient contribution to halting unmanageableclimate change.
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