April 2106: From the Editor: Green Building and Sustainability

Words: Dan KamysApril 2016

Editor Karen HickeyKaren D. Hickey, Editor - karen@lionhrtpub.com

According to a recent study by Dodge Data & Analytics, global green building is expected to double by 2018. The report found that the percentage of firms expecting to have more than 60 percent of their projects certified — by LEED or another green building program — is expected to grow from 18 percent currently to 37 percent. Not surprisingly, the top sector for green building growth is commercial construction. EnvironmentalLeader.com reported, “The study found that almost half — 46 percent — of respondents expect to build a green commercial project in the next three years.” The website continued: “Similar to other recent studies, this one finds the No. 1 business benefit to green building is lower operating costs, such as reduced energy costs and total lifecycle costs.” The contribution of masonry to green building, LEED certification and other sustainability efforts is obviously continuing to grow as well, and mason contractors must keep pace. Therefore, this issue of Masonry Magazine features an article with some essential information on the new LEED v4 system. It’s all part of perpetuating a sustainable construction industry for the future. This issue also offers some practical information on using anchors and renting equipment. Finally, we provide a final wrap-up of the BRICKLAYER 500™ World Championship that took place in February at the 2016 World of Concrete. P.S. Register today for the 2016 Masonry Industry Legislative Conference, which will be held May 17–19, 2016. Visit www.masoncontractors.org/legislative-conference.
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