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Green Lighting

By Beck Ireland, Staff Writer EC&M 4/’10. Despite the severe downturn in construction brought on by the recession, industry experts are expecting the green building market to more than double by 2013. In its market research report, “2009 Green Outlook: Trends Driving Change,” McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, is predicting sustainable design and construction to reach $96 billion to $140 billion for residential and non-residential buildings. Among other reasons, the report credits governmental policies and regulations, which run the gamut from encouraging to requiring green building practices and the development/use of green technologies, for insulating the green building market from the negative forces ruling the current construction economic climate.