Green Building Trends and TRP

Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2010By Arthur Renaud

As 2009 and the decade ended, and 2010 began, numerous magazine, newspaper and online articles recapped recent milestones in the building industry and predicted green-building trends for the coming year.

Predictions usually take the form of trend lists, such as Jerry Yudelson’s “Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2010.” These lists tell us that green building will continue to grow at a high rate. Platinum-rated LEED projects Top 10 Green Building Trends of 2010 [Jerry Yudelson] will become more commonplace. In California, the “Build It Green” rating program will help to create a standard for more environmentally efficient buildings. The focus of green building will begin to switch from new buildings to existing structures. And awareness of a looming crisis in the fresh water supply will lead designers to reduce water consumption in buildings. 

Additional predictions include accelerated use of solar energy and other technologies to produce more environmentally efficient buildings, and local governments increasing mandates for green building in both public and private sectors. In theory, green building will continue to grow worldwide in spite of the ongoing recession and credit crisis.

Practices that do not receive recognition on current trend lists are deconstruction and reuse. Deconstruction is (or should be) the foundation of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” tenet. The need to remove an existing structure before building a new one offers homeowners and developers their earliest opportunity to conserve resources and minimize the impact of a green building project on the environment.

All of us affiliated with and supportive of TRP clearly understand the importance of the organization’s mission to “reduce the solid waste stream and change the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.” As a TRP regional manager, a big part of my job is to communicate and promote this idea through presentations to architects, builders, homeowners and civic groups. 

Let’s turn up the volume on deconstruction and reuse in 2010 -- more articles, more promotion of projects and activities, and just more buzz. The more people that know about TRP, the better our chances of showing up on one of those trend lists next December.

Arthur Renaud is TRP Regional Manager serving Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and parts of the California Central Coast.

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