As of this week, the U.S. Green Building Council has certified one billion square feet of commercial building area. In a tough economy, green building is remarkable strong, particularly in the commercial sector. A third of all new non-residential construction is green, representing a $54 billion market opportunity. The U.S. green building market is up 50% from two years ago, and is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015, according to McGraw-Hill.
As of September 2010, green building initiatives were present in 33 states and are rapidly growing at an impressive pace. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has registered another six billion square feet of projects. “This traction demonstrates the transformation of the way we design, build and operate buildings,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, “Not only does green building contribute to saving energy, water and money, it also creates green jobs that will grow and energize our economy.”
Since the LEED rating system was introduced in 2000, more than 36,000 commercial projects have registered for certification. Advanced Control Corporation in South Florida is one company that has helped thousands of buildings to reduce their carbon footprint. Advanced Control is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and continues to demonstrate leadership in protecting our environment through energy conservation. Founded in 1987, Advanced Control Corporation has set a standard for designing, installing and servicing innovative building automation and cost-effective energy management systems to commercial buildings throughout Florida.