2009 Greenbuild Conference: By The Numbers

2009 Greenbuild Conference: By The Numbers

At the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Phoenix last month, attendees were treated not only

presentations from the likes of Al Gore and Sheryl Crow, but also to discussion of some serious sustainable topics that are at the forefront of the minds of architects, designers and builders alike. Here are a few fun facts, based on an article written by our friends at Architectural Record.

  • $178 billion. The amount that the U.S. economy gained from the development of “green” buildings from 2000 – 2008. Said amount also accounted for 2.4 million U.S. jobs. (USGBC Green Jobs Study)
  • $554 billion. The amount that will be spent between 2009 and 2013 on construction of buildings that are LEED-certified or have sustainable features. It will take 7.9 million jobs to create these buildings (USGBC Green Jobs Study).
  • $75. Price of annual subscription to Pharos Project, a product-evaluation tool to help designers and builders assess and compare the environmental effects of various materials for usage in their projects.
  • 189. Standard 189, that is. The much-hyped document promises to serve as the Bible for sustainable design, defining the minimum requirements for green building, from efficiency, materials and resources to environmental quality, indoors and out. Expected publishing date: February 2010.
  • 28,000. Number of Attendees at Greenbuild 2009. The number was said to be roughly the same as the 2008 conference, held in Boston.

Visit Architectural Record for more highlights from the 2009 Greenbuild conference!

By Samantha Wells

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