Green construction is big in Texas, and as the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas.”
According to a 2017 article in Green Biz, “The residential sector in Texas has the second most LEED-certified single and multi-family residences in the country.” LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is a certification program for green commercial projects, and based on its point system, as builders accumulate more and more points, their ratings go up.
Austin and Dallas currently require a third party to review the green initiatives stated in a project, and LEED is the industry’s top third party for verifying sustainable structures. According to LEED, Texas is one of the best markets for LEED building. Green construction in Texas has grown dramatically.
In fact, the green construction industry in the United States has grown substantially:
- Between 2011-2014. Green construction industry produced $167.4 billion in GDP and more than 2.1 million jobs, and provided $147 billion in labor earnings
- Estimates for 2015-2018. Green construction is on target to produce $303.4 billion in GDP and 3.9 million jobs, and $268.4 billion in labor earnings
What Is There to Gain from Green Construction?
People today gravitate toward green construction for a variety of reasons:
- Greater energy efficiency (cost-savings on energy bills)
- Less waste production
- More state and local tax breaks
- Ability to charge higher rents
- Better ventilation
- More daylight lighting
Note that according to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), a Harvard study showed that workers in green, well-ventilated offices increased their cognitive scores to 101% (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health). The WGBC also indicates that better indoor air quality can result in up to 8 percent better performance (Park and Yoon, 2011).
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