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At the Metal Construction Association semi-annual meeting last month in Raleigh, N.C., Michael Deane, LEED AP BD+C, vice president and chief sustainability officer at New York City-based Turner Construction Co., discussed sustainability and green buildings in a speech titled "Sustainable Practice from the Builder's Perspective."

Deane mentioned that the green market is still growing and is expected to reach between $120-135 billion by 2015. Sixty-five percent of the total green market is made up of education, health care, government and office projects. Turner Construction has been leading the charge in green building since 2004 and is the largest builder of green buildings in the nation. The company has completed 200 LEED certified projects and has an additional 230 LEED registered projects in progress.

In this month's cover story, "Green Construction Trends," Deane weighs in on the how the desire for carbon-neutral and net-zero buildings are driving the construction and design market. "I think green practice, sustainable practice, is going to become more prevalent and more standard practice," Deane says. "I think the percentage of our work that is going to be certified as a green building by some independent third party, such as LEED, is going to continue to grow."

Keeping with the theme of energy efficiency, Senior Editor Mark Robins discusses how utilizing sunshades on south-facing walls can help cut down on solar heat and glare, while still allowing daylight to brighten the interiors and keep views unobscured. Click here to check out his article.

Two of the industry's biggest tradeshows-Greenbuild and METALCON-are taking place next month, and Metal Architecture has all the information you need so you know what to expect before you hit the show floor. Be sure to check out the Greenbuild preview and METALCON show highlights.


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