It’s hard to believe the LEED green building rating system was developed just a few years ago, and has already certified over 1 billion square feet of space in 2010. It’s safe to say that green building and energy management is a fast growing industry. As we begin a new year, we are looking forward to many new advancements in 2011.
The U.S. General Services Administration, the largest federal landlord, continues to support green building as a champion for LEED ratings. In October, GSA announced that LEED Gold certification would be the minimum requirement for new federal building construction and renovation projects starting in the 2011 fiscal year.
Here are some green trends Green Building Pro predicts for 2011.
1. Big push for improved indoor air quality. The U.S. Green Building Council has been showing support for aggressive indoor air quality control issues, so this year this year should be no different.
2. Green financing options. If lack of financing is the reason many green building projects don’t get off the ground, Green Building Pro predicts in 2011 we will start seeing more options as far as financing energy efficiency improvements. Federal and state tax credits and rebates will be in the picture as well.
3. Lean construction practices. Minimizing waste, materials, time and effort in construction is a part of green building itself. Delivery processes will be better designed to improve the overall efficiency of building as well as the construction process itself.
These trends help lead to more sustainable green building practices. 2011 may be the year your organization decides to renovate to more energy efficient fixtures. If you need a company for the job, Advanced Control Corporation of South Florida is an industry leader in building automation and energy management systems. Advanced Control has been designing, installing and servicing innovation building systems for years, helping thousands of buildings in Florida to reduce their carbon footprint and to become LEED-certified. For more information on how Advance Control can help you, call 954.491.6660.