Newsletter for December

Global Survey Finds Green Construction Costs Dramatically Lower Than
Previously Thought

For years, key players in the real estate and construction industries have been misjudging not only the benefits of "green" building, but the costs as well, perpetuating a major barrier to incorporating energy efficiency in the building sector.

This finding was recently released in a new study conducted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Respondents to a 1400 person global survey estimated the additional cost of building green at 17 per cent above conventional construction costs, more than triple the true cost difference of about 5 per cent.

At the same time, survey respondents put greenhouse gas emissions from buildings at 19 per cent of the world total, while the actual amount is 40 per cent, more than double.

These findings appear in a new report titled "Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Business Realities and Opportunities," which summarizes the first phase of the WBCSD's project. The project is co-chaired by LaFarge and United Technologies Corporation. Other participating companies are CEMEX, DuPont, Electricitie de France, Gaz de France, Kansai, Philips, Sonae Sierra and Tepco.

"The global construction boom in the developing world has created a tremendous opportunity to build differently and dramatically decrease energy demands," said United Technologies Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive, George David.

"Existing technologies combined with common sense design can increase energy efficiency by 35 per cent and reduce heating costs by 80 per cent for the average building in industrialized markets, " he said.

"The world is undergoing rapid transformation, with strong demographic and economic growth driving a move towards urbanization on an unprecedented scale. We, as industry leaders, have a responsibility to ensure that this growth is achieved in a sustainable manner," said Bruno Lafant, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge.

The complete report is available at:

- - PR Newswire 8/23/07


Global State Building Codes FINALLY Going Green

An effort is underway by the Construction and Industries Division to create Green building codes specifically related to the needs of New Mexico's climate and goals for energy efficiency.

The 2006 ICC codes, including a new International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), have been adopted and go into effect in January, but work began on the NM Green Codes in October. A new division of the CID, The Green Bureau, will be devoted to green building standards, training and enforcement. This is an important effort for the CID that involves overseeing the construction of LEED Buildings and training their personnel, necessary for all new state buildings.

Additionally, this new division will work with private sector to encourage energy efficient buildings. CASA is involved in the effort to ensure that this transition will be achieved. Howard Kaplan, CASA Board President, has been appointed to the new Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) that will oversee the Green Bureau's structure and evolution.

CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative

  1. CASA develops the CASA Code Initiative – a two year program to facilitate the adoption of a progressive Green Building Code in New Mexico. A response to the challenge of raising greenhouse gases and industry consensus.
  2. This long-term project will use Governor Bill Richardson’s Executive Order (05-033), to reduce current GHG emissions to 2000 levels 2012, increase to10% by 2020, and increase to 75% by 2050.
  3. A three-pronged strategy will include: State Agency Involvement, A Code Development Program, and a Political Action-Plan.
  4. This initiative will establish a task force that creates a partnership with the NM State Construction Industries Division; the agency responsible for proposing of all building codes for adoption.
  5. This effort is based on the evidence from actual energy consumption drawn from a recent survey of USGBC LEED For Building Program of significant reduction in, CO2 by 35%-50%, as well as an average of 35%-90% reduction of water use in surveyed buildings.
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