Green Building Features

A focus on energy efficiency is the most important development and design strategy that is making new housing greener according to a recent industry survey.

McGraw Hill Construction’s (MHC) data and analytics team surveyed a set of NAHB single-family and multifamily members in 2013. The survey found that 62% of single-family builders and 54% of multifamily developers are doing more than 15% of their projects as green. For single-family, 19% of builders are doing more than 90% projects as green.  The survey indicates that increasing consumer interest is a reason for growth in this area. MHC defines a green homes as “one that is either built to a recognized green building standard or an energy- and water-efficient home that also addresses indoor air quality and/or resource efficiency.”

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According to the report, 75% of single-family and 84% of multifamily builders indicated that improved energy efficiency was a factor making their projects more green than two years ago.

The second leading factor was improved indoor environmental quality. 58% of single-family builders and 55% of multifamily developers cited this as a reason why their current projects are more green.

Other leading factors include more water conserving products/practices and material conservation and recycling.

However, the data from the survey also show that only 11% single-family builders and remodelers are constructing homes that are greener in 2013 than in 2011. This result makes sense given the start and stop nature of the housing recovery and tight credit conditions of recent years.



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13 replies

  1. Yes I agree with that green building focus on energy efficiency is the most important development and design strategy that is making new housing greener according to a recent industry survey.

  2. Very informative and unique tips dear.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. This result makes sense given the start and stop nature of the housing recovery and tight credit conditions of recent years. The green building feature should be installed in all new projects.

  4. This result makes sense given the start and stop nature of the housing recovery and tight credit conditions of recent years. The green building feature should be installed in all new projects.

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