Green Jobs: Builders to Use Green Technologies in 90% of Homes by 2016

According to SustainableBusiness.com, McGraw-Hill recently released a report that says home builders will use green technologies in 90% of homes by 2016. Additionally, 33% of builders said they will be committed to building green by 2016 – up from 17% today.

Remodelers are even more likely to incorporate green building strategies, according to the study. 34% of home remodelers said they expect to do mostly green work by 2016 – up from 150% from 2011.

Forty-six percent of both home builders and remodelers said that marketing their green building techniques has helped them in the recession.

These figures show that residential green building is likely to grow over the next 4 years – and that building jobs will evolve into green jobs.

Green Construction: 35% of Building Jobs are Green Jobs

In October 2011, McGraw-Hill Construction had released a similar report about green jobs at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto.

According to that report, 35 percent of architects, engineers and contractors working today hold green building jobs. That equates to 661,000 positions across the design and construction workforce.

The report also projected that figure to grow to 45 percent by 2014, and rise to as high as 50 percent by 2015.

For the purposes of the study, a “green job” was defined as involving more than 50% of work on green projects.

“Green jobs are already an important part of the construction labor workforce, and signs are that they will become industry standard,” Harvey Bernstein, vice president of industry insights and alliances for McGraw-Hill, said in a press release.

Green Building Professional Certification and Credentials

As I mentioned in a previous article, “Where are the Green Jobs? Sustainable Jobs Grow Despite Recession”, the McGraw-Hill study on green building jobs also showed that 71% of hiring decision makers in the green construction industry said that green certification makes potential employees more competitive. Additionally, 30% of those surveyed said that their green jobs required extensive training.

Paired with both the growing green building market and rising number of green building jobs, this information shows that professionals interested in the green building field may benefit from applicable certification or credentials.

For example, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) offers the LEEDGreen Associate credential, which demonstrates a general knowledge of green building principles and the LEED green building rating systems. It also offers the LEED AP credential, which demonstrates knowledge of a specific LEED rating system.

Construction supervisors may also be interested in NCCER’s Sustainable Construction Supervisor Training and Certification program.

Source / Fuente: www.green-buildings.com

Author / Autor:  Claire Moloney, LEED Green Associate, Cornell University

Date / Fecha: 01/03/12

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