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Green Building Continues to Grow

The green architecture and building market is stronger than ever. As the market grows and changes, the need for people who understand the way LEED and other green building programs work also increases.

A recent study by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) shows the demand for LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associates has grown 46 percent over a 12-month period.

Conducted by USGBC education partner Pearson and using data provided by Burning Glass, the study finds a total of 9,033 U.S. job postings from March 2013 to February 2014 that require a LEED credential. The fields being advertised included mechanical, electrical and civil engineering; construction management; architecture; software development; sales management; property management; interior design; and more.

"This figure tells a powerful story about the value that building-industry employers assign to knowledgeable, LEED-credentialed professionals," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "LEED is a transformative force within the building sector, and every day, our network of more than 197,000 LEED APs and Green Associates are helping to advance the industry and push building projects to new heights of performance and resource efficiency."

Pearson also conducted a secondary 90-day study using data supplied by Burning Glass from January 2014 to March 2014 of 2,354 U.S. green building-related positions, which also found LEED as the skill in highest demand by a wide margin. LEED showed up in 59 percent of all postings, while the second-most required skill only appeared in 17 percent of the postings.

LEED is one of the green building programs that has recently undergone some major changes, showcased in the recent release of LEED v4. In addition to LEED, three other major green building programs have undergone some significant changes in recent years, including the Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and Energy Star.

In this month's Bonus Feature, Metal Architecture caught up with representatives for each of these programs to find out what's been happening these past few years and where each is headed in the future.

Another aspect of the green construction market is designing buildings with a small carbon footprint. Senior Editor Mark Robins outlines eight tips to reduce a building's carbon footprint, which leads to reduced costs of running the building, improved employee morale, raised property values and improved LEED scores.

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