The Growth of Green Construction

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We hear about it everywhere, on the news, in our towns and around the world,…green design and construction is growing despite a downturn in the conventional construction industry. The reason is simple: it just makes sense to make homes and buildings more energy- and water-efficient, integrate sustainable products, reduce pollution, and recycle the immense amount of construction debris that comes with any project. Homeowners, building professionals, and the environment all benefit by going green.

According to Everything Michigan, “a national study showed green building held only 2% of the market in 2005, but it is expected to reach 20% by 2012. And while last year only 18% of home construction firms said they were heavily involved in green building, that is projected to double by next year.”

If you keep your eyes and ears open, you’ll learn about various green events, symposiums, and conferences that are taking place across the country. For those consumers and building professionals in the Grand Rapids region, an opportunity to learn about green building and eco-conscious products is coming up. The Great Lakes Green 2008 conference will feature more than 100 exhibitors and will offer your chance to meet Ed Begley, Jr (actor and eco-activist) and Ron Jones (founder of Green Builder Magazine). The event will take place at DeVos Place from August 21st through the 23rd. Thursday and Friday are intended for building professionals, but Saturday will be geared towards homeowners.

Tag(s): Events, Green Building, Greening the Office


One Response to “The Growth of Green Construction”

  1. greg on September 11th, 2008 6:12 pm

    We’re documenting the construction of our Green Home at We hope to achieve Platinum LEED for Homes status. When we started the project we knew nothing about LEED and had difficulty finding information that was useful and based on actual experience….that’s why we started our website.

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