One of the main benefits to using building information modeling (BIM) software when working on a building project is its ability to foresee a building’s effect on its environment.
In many cases, this includes green analysis—from solar potential to proper window glazing, building owners want to know how to make their structures more efficient.
So how do these owners make buildings greener? A recent report from Dodge Data and Analytics and contributing partner U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) took this challenge and explored current and upcoming trends for the ever-expanding green building industry.
Trends in Green Building
The first point made by the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket report is that green building is a growing industry. In fact, the report claims that global green building doubles every three years.
“International demand for green building, due in great part to the LEED green building program’s global popularity, has grown steadily over the years,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.
The report claims that increasing consumer demand is responsible for this growth and has pushed the green building market into a trillion-dollar industry. This is good news both for those in green building and for those who supply green building materials.
Green Construction on an International Scale
The report was conducted as a survey in over 60 countries worldwide and includes profiles on specific countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Singapore, Mexico, the UK and the U.S.
The development of these profiles resulted in two conclusions on expansion:
- Green construction will expand in emerging economies such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India and South Africa.
- Green construction will continue to expand in developed countries such as the U.S., Germany and the UK.
It’s interesting to note that BIM has a role to play in both conclusions. Germany and the UK have both announced plans to adopt the design and construction process outright and countries such as Brazil and Saudi Arabia are currently establishing a BIM presence with the hope of moving the entire construction industry to the process.
In each case, the software and process strategy offers a distinct advantage for improving the green building industry.
The Economics of Green Building
While it is nice for builders to construct something with minimal environmental impact, it’s important to note that the economy plays a large part in the boom of green building.
Respondents listed expectations for five-year operational cost savings to reach 14 percent for new green buildings and 13 percent for green retrofit and renovation projects.