Green Building: Paving The Way For Construction

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for individuals working to make green building available to every generation recently reported that green building construction/industry will allocate 7.9 million jobs over the next four years.  At the same time, economic analysts at USGBC estimated that it may generate $554 billion into the US economy in the next couple of years, a welcoming sign for the Obama administration.

USGBC also estimated that residential and commercial buildings in the United States are accountable for 39 percent of CO2 emissions with 13 percent in water consumption and 40 percent in energy consumption.  The data estimated by USGBC indicates that green building construction and technology will pave an economic growth in our recession.

This environmental opportunity should be the forefront of every corporate business and slowly into the homes of residents.  We can all agree at this time green construction can be a bit more expensive than traditional construction items, but we must slowly transform all real estate construction jobs into a green job.

On the bright side, cost of green building is slowly going down because real estate construction companies and real estate agents are becoming more experienced and educated in this field.  This spiral effect of becoming more efficient in green construction will eventually lead to a cleaner environment and less carbon footprint to help protect the world.

Our youth (a.k.a the Y Generation) is becoming more cognitive of their surrounding and the world.  Corporate offices with green offices have a less stressful time recruiting and keeping employees.  Students like myself are constantly seeking social-minded employers who understand the importance of green building and the reduction of carbon footprints.

For those Glendale homeowners, Burbank, La Crescenta, and Pasadena homeowners it may be wise to consider upgrading your home to be more environmentally friendly if it’s financial feasible.  This could mean a littler more green in your pocket when you sell your home.

However, this mindset of going green will take some time.  While green may be gaining in popularity it’s still not at the level where buyers will pay a lot more money for it.  Green building has a regional interest. So, for instance, in the west, water-saving efforts are a high priority when it comes to green building. For a closer look at how to go green contact us and speak to one of our experienced real estate agents who are experts in environmental planning.

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