Concrete Products

MAR 2016

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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Page 30 of 75 March 2016 • 29 Dodge Data & Analytics' World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report, compiled from surveys tracking nearly 70 countries, finds global green building volume is doubling every three years. Authors see expansion continu- ing in the United States, Germany and United Kingdom, but emerging economies like Brazil, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa represent- ing growth engines—their development activi- ty trending two- to six-fold over current green building levels. "International demand for green building, due in great part to the LEED program's global popularity, has grown steadily," says U.S. Green Building Council CEO Rick Fedrizzi. "Countries are looking for tools that support stable and sustainable economic growth. International business leaders and policymakers recognize that a commitment to transforming the built environment is crucial to addressing major environmental challenges." Increasing consumer demand has pushed the world's green building market to a trillion-dol- lar industry, a surge the SmartMarket report finds has led to a corresponding increase in the green building materials market, now on pace to reach $234 billion by 2019. Economic forc- es were cited as the most important drivers for many of the countries Dodge Data & Analytics surveyed, respondents citing green buildings' operational cost savings against conventional construction. They expect a 14 percent savings in operational costs over five-year savings for new green buildings and 13 percent savings in operational costs over five years for green ret- rofit and renovation projects. Building owners also report that green buildings—whether new or renovated—command a 7 percent increase in asset value over conventional buildings. USGBC reports nearly 75,000 commer- cial projects participating in LEED across the globe, with 1.85 million square feet of building space becoming LEED-certified every day. "The growth of LEED reflects its global adaptability as the world's most widely used and recognized system guiding the design, construction, oper- ation and maintenance of green buildings," notes Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanu- jam. "LEED is a critical tool in creating struc- tures that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; create healthier indoor environments for work- ers, students and community members; and, lower utility bills for building owners t h ro u g h re d uc e d energy and water use." NEWS SCOPE MARKETS Green building report tracks compounded market growth The report can be obtained at http:/an- alyticsstore.construc- AT L A N T I S SKAKO CONCRETE, INC. Ph: (858) 271-1630 R O T O C O N I X The Evolution of Mixing

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