Most projects now demand (or at least request) some level of sustainable design thanks to the owner, financier, or design team. Despite the economy, the value of green construction starts showed a 50 percent increase in 2010 compared to 2008. And data is beginning to prove the benefits of sustainable building: higher rents, more productive workers, happier occupants.
Clients will continue to expand their desire for sustainability in projects as more bottom-line benefits come to the fore. Expect the essential characteristics of sustainable design to continue being defined as well as a convergence of what are now considered sustainable and socially responsible design and development.
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