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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Green by the Numbers

A quick unscientific look at some Green Building statistics reveals a strong growth trend. First, lets look at annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo attendance. Between 2002 and 2006, attendance has steadily risen from 4,000 at the inaugural conference to 13,000 at the Denver conference less than two weeks ago. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) estimates a much larger attendance at the 2007 conference in Los Angeles next October.

Second, lets look at some statistics gleaned from opening plenary remarks at the 2006 Greenbuild conference by USGBC President & CEO Rick Fedrizzi. USGBC now has more than 7,200 member organizations. Last year, 92,000 people attended workshops, web sessions and the Greenbuild conference. To date, over 33,000 people have been certified as LEED Accredited Professionals. Today, there are over 6,000 LEED registered and certified buildings in all 50 states and 16 countries. Fedrizzi predicts that by the year 2010, there will be over 100,000 certified buildings and 1,000,000 certified homes. Ten years later, he predicts there will be over 1,000,000 certified buildings and 10 million certified homes.

See a trend? The numbers speak for themselves.


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