New report reveals that the total amount of intelligent buildings grew 14% in the US despite the economy’s downturn. Recent findings from the third annual Green Building Market & Impact Report have shown that despite precipitous declines in the rate of growth of the economy, the total amount of LEED-certified intelligent buildings grew by one billion square feet in 2010, up to eight billion, which is a growth rate of 14%.
The findings are both encouraging and cautionary. Overall, intelligent buildings are making a major impact in reducing the overall carbon footprint of individual structures. However, significant additional progress is possible and indeed necessary on both the individual building level and in terms of market penetration if intelligent buildings are to contribute in a meaningful way to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings worldwide.