Saint-Gobain, worldwide leader for sustainable habitat, is partnering the World Green Building Trends 2016 report and thus helping to advance understanding and awareness of the stakes of sustainable construction and its market.
A total of 1,000 architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, experts and consultants from 69 countries were interviewed about their current sustainable construction projects and their forecasts for 2018.
Produced and edited every three years by US consultants Dodge Data & Analytics, the recently published 2016 report shows that market professionals expect their “green” construction business will continue to double, from 18 percent in 2015 to 37 percent in 2018. This growth forecast is echoed in almost all of the report’s countries, with extremely strong growth in emerging economies like South Africa, India and China.
The report also reveals that the main driver for sustainable construction projects is customer demand and not the desire to “do the right thing,” as was the case a few years ago.
Saint-Gobain works extensively with the World Green Building Council and the UK Green Building Council to advnace knowledge and understanding about the importance of sustainable buildings to the future health of the UK economy, and its environment.
Pascal Eveillard, Director for Sustainable Habitat at Saint-Gobain, said: “At Saint-Gobain, we try harder every day to improve people’s lives while meeting global challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. We have long been convinced that sustainability is a major trend in the construction market. The World Green Building Trends 2016 report is comforting us, as it shows that it is a market expected to double by 2018.”
The most widely reported benefit globally of a green building is lower operating costs. But around 30 per cent of respondents also consider documentation and certification providing quality assurance, education of occupants about sustainability, and higher value at the point of sale as additional benefits which are important in their markets.