Green building still faces hurdles of value perception: Report

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 2:49pm

A new survey of sustainability leaders from the education, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, and federal government sectors indicates that better ROI documentation is needed if green building is to achieve its potential. The study, "Determining the Value of Green Building Investments: A Perspective From Industry Leaders on Triple Bottom Line Decisionmaking," indicates that clients are still quite fixated on lower costs and this priority drives decisions about energy-use reduction, as opposed to more intangible benefits such as social/environmental gains. Better quantification of human performance and well-being as a result of green design would boost owners' willingness to invest in sustainable buildings, according to survey respondents. Study sponsor McGraw Hill Construction says standardizing measurements and metrics could help determine performance benchmarks by building type.


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