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									Good News                                                                                                               accelerating at a dramatic rate, according
                                                                                                                        to McGraw-Hill Construction’s Green
                                                                                                                        Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change
                                                                                                                        report. The report found that the value of
                                                                                                                        green building construction starts was up
                                                                                                                        five-fold from 2005 to 2008 (from $10
                                                                                                                        billion to $36-$49 billion) and could tri-
                                                                                                                        ple by 2013, reaching $96-$140 billion.
                                                                                                                             The prediction is based on data found
What’s happening                                                                                                        in the McGraw-Hill Construction Net-
                                                                                                                        work, construction industry surveys,




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that’s changing the world                                                                                               data analysis and analysis of other indi-
                                                                                                                        cators, including increases in LEED cer-
                                                                                                                        tification and government regulation.
                                                                                                                             U.S. Green Building Council mem-
Greening A Leased Office                                 building in NYC. The organization was                          bers report green building to be less af-
                                                         able to capture significant returns on that                    fected by the slow economy than
C     ontinuing its tradition of pioneer-
      ing environmentally responsible
office design, the National Audubon So-
                                                         first green design investment and em-
                                                         ployed greater space-saving efficiency in
                                                                                                                        non-green building and say that
                                                                                                                        homebuyers are still willing to pay more
                                                         making the move to smaller, cost-effec-                        for a green home.
ciety has relocated to a new headquarters
                                                         tive rental space that is specially                                 “Green growth is phenomenal across
in New York City’s up-and-coming
                                                         designed to keep the organization on the                       the globe,” says Harvey M. Bernstein,
Hudson Square district. The 27,500
                                                         green leading edge.                                            Vice President of Industry Analytics, Al-
square foot office – which Audubon will
                                                             Audubon’s new head office incorpo-                         liances and Strategic Initiatives,
lease for the next two decades – was de-
                                                         rates a wide array of sustainable features,                    McGraw-Hill Construction. “The busi-
signed and constructed applying the
                                                         including water usage reduction; sophis-                       ness opportunities afforded by green
                                                         ticated sensors and controls; an energy-                       building, even in the midst of a global
                                                         efficient lighting system that includes                        economic crisis, are real and recognized
A daylight harvesting system                             daylight harvesting; locally-produced,                         by industry players. Furthermore, green
that automatically adjusts                               low VOC, recycled content materials for                        building has great potential to help tackle
lighting is one of the green                             walls, floors, ceiling tiles and carpet; sal-                  unemployment through green jobs and
features of the new Audubon                              vaged or FSC-certified wood, cork and                          can address other societal issues, such as
   
								
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