Heather Benjamin
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The survey shows that global green building activity continues its ascent in the marketplace.

USGBC recently announced the results of research by Dodge Data and Analytics, with which USGBC has partnered, in the World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report.

The survey shows that global green building activity continues its ascent, with significant increases expected in 19 countries over the next three years. Almost half of the total respondents say they expect to build more than 60 percent of their projects as green buildings by 2021. Building owners, especially, were excited about the growth in green building, with 57 percent planning to make the majority of their projects green by 2021.

Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report

Over the next three years, survey respondents expect to steeply increase the percentage of their projects built green.

In addition, two-thirds of the survey participants reported that using a rating system such as LEED allows them to create a better-performing building. More than half of respondents believe that rating systems provide rigorous third-party verification that ensures buildings operate sustainably.

Business benefits such as decreased operating costs, short payback periods and asset value increases are strong drivers of green building, but creating healthier indoor environments is also growing as a major motivator. The top triggers globally for green building activity are client demand, environmental regulation and occupant health, but the rankings vary for different countries.World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report

Creating healthier spaces is now one of the top reasons for building green. It's also listed as the top social reason, even ahead of motivators like promoting sustainable business practices and worker productivity.

Among building sectors, new commercial construction continues to lead in green building projects (with 51 percent of global respondents planning such projects), well ahead of new institutional construction (38 percent), retrofits (37 percent) and new high- and low-rise residential (35 and 30 percent, respectively).

Previously conducted in 2012 and 2015, this study has the broadest reach yet in 2018, with over 2,000 participants from 87 countries responding to the survey. Respondents include architects, designers, contractors, builders, consultants, developers, engineers and investors.

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