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Health Is a Top Driver of Green Building

On par with cost savings, occupant health comes in first place globally in the latest Dodge green building survey.

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Health and wellness are trending worldwide in green building, a new report confirms. “When it comes to benefits, most participants cite occupant health and well-being in addition to lower operating costs,” says a press release from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a contributing partner to the Dodge Data & Analytics World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report. The findings are based on surveys of 2,000 building professionals in 86 countries. Other highlights:

  • Two-thirds of those surveyed said that rating systems help their projects perform better.
  • The majority of their projects in the next three years will be green buildings, according to almost half of respondents.
  • Occupant health was the top priority when it came to social drivers.
  • More than half of respondents said they were planning green retrofits.

“With more and more people demanding and expecting healthier places to live and work, more and more leaders around the globe are committing to green building, which is now a trillion-dollar industry,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC.

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For more information:

Dodge Data & Analytics

Published November 13, 2018

Melton, P. (2018, November 13). Health Is a Top Driver of Green Building. Retrieved from

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