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Green building boom is pumping billions into US economy, retrofits are fueling the trend

from Energy Manager Today

To understand what a significant economic impact green buildings have on our economy today, consider this: Over the next three years, new LEED-certified construction will contribute more than $303 billion to the U.S.' economy, a recent study concluded. This year alone, the industry will generate 2.3 million jobs. By 2018, this new construction is expected to save more than $1 billion in energy usage and more than $100 million in water use. But there's another trend that, if included in the total green building picture, greatly expands the market for energy-efficient buildings: retrofits of already-constructed buildings. more

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