Building owners/operators and design/construction firms are showing greater interest in receiving independent third-party certification under LEED or alternative rating systems than they were two years ago, according to the new biennial Green Building Market Barometer by Turner Construction.
The study, which polled more than 300 executives, found that 62% said it was extremely or very likely that their organization would seek LEED certification if it were constructing a green building, up from 48% in 2012, while the percentage very likely to seek certification under an alternative rating system more than doubled from 17% to 43% over the two surveys.
Decisions on whether to incorporate green features are highly influenced by financial factors such as energy efficiency, asking rents, ongoing operations and maintenance costs, and occupancy rates. Also influencing such decisions are health and well-being of occupants, indoor air quality, employ productivity, impact on brand/reputation, and satisfaction of employees/occupants.
In addition, vendors are being scrutinized more closely. More than half of the executives reported that sustainable practices are extremely or very important in vendor selection.