October 13 - October 17, 2014

Overall, how much do your clients really care about using green building materials and processes?

Answers Votes
They talk about it, but it is not on the priority list. 65%
It is in the mix of several important concerns. 30%
Many or most consider it a top priority. 5%

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Building Envelope; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Green building; Latin America; North America

Comment from john schultz, (10/13/2014, 8:46 AM)

How come there isn't a "don't care one whit" or "only a few contractors get it" button?

Comment from Rodney White, (10/13/2014, 9:16 AM)

Let's face it, pretty much the only "green" agenda worth pursuing is energy use/ management for new and existing buildings. These efforts will actually produce an ROI measurable in real dollars. Aside from energy costs, pretty much everything else is questionable. The terms "green","sustainable", "organic", natural", "re-purposed", etc., have been hijacked and applied so as to have lost their meaning. What is needed are fewer "ABC Agencies" regulating the building industry, and let the market dictate the need- if there is truly a benefit in using "green" (somebody please define "green") building materials, then the market will flourish.

Comment from Sarah Geary, (10/14/2014, 8:00 AM)

"I'd like a green material but if it's higher in cost, forget about it." This is what I run into a lot. The idea may be there, but at the end of the day it comes down to practicality to the pocketbook.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/15/2014, 9:35 AM)

Rodney - that's about where I am for "green" building. Give me good insulation (Cellulose and/or foam), a tight envelope, efficient HVAC/appliances and controlled air exchange. I'm not worried about VOCs in paint (and if we care about indoor air quality, HAPs should be the measurement, not VOC) - since the VOCs will be evaporated and out of the house within a month at worst. Something like PM Glycol Ether for a tail solvent (non-HAP) because the tail solvent is the longest emitting - but that shouldn't add to the cost in any meaningful way.

Comment from Jeff Edson, (10/16/2014, 10:02 AM)

I rep for a manufacturer that specializes in commercial roof restoration systems using low VOC silicone roof coatings. Compared to re-roofing, it's half the cost, doesn't deplete vital natural resources, doesn't fill up a landfill and saves on A/C bills. My main problem is educating building owners and/or locating owner/manager associations that are concerned about the issues.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (10/16/2014, 11:46 AM)

I find it depends on the owner and circumstance. For retro-fitting an existing building, I see a lot of Sarah's comments coming from clients...anything "green" or "environmental" is low on the priority list. For new construction, our clients are more interested so they can use LEED or BOMA certification and how "green" the building is as selling points or for promoting their company.

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