Builders: “Green” Yes, “LEED” No


On November 8, a leading general builder, Turner Construction, released the latest results of the “Green Building Market Barometer” survey it conducts every two years, gauging the commitment to “environmentally sustainable, or ‘green,’ building” of companies engaged in architecture, construction, real estate consulting, owning, developing, and other construction-related sectors.  In all, the survey reports the views of 718 executives.


A high percentage of respondents—90%—reported being either “extremely” or “somewhat” committed to environmentally sustainable building, generally citing the reduction of energy costs and comfort and satisfaction of occupants as the reasons, but also “it’s the right thing to do.”  Notably, only 37% of responding executives cited reducing their buildings’ “carbon footprint” as an important consideration.


However, the survey revealed declining commitment to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process, with 48% of respondents indicating that they would seek LEED certification, down from 53% in 2010 and 61% in 2008.  Respondents cited cost, staff time, and delays associated with the certification process; and Turner also concludes that “many companies seem to have become more knowledgeable about the means and methods of designing and constructing green buildings and are less reliant on LEED as a checklist or a scorecard.”