- THE MAGAZINE
The recession and quickly changing marketplace have proved challenging to all of us in the building design, construction and operations industry over the past couple of years. But looking ahead, I am really excited about the possibilities for the upcoming year.
Another area I’m encouraged about is the existing building market, which has become a focus like never before. For one, LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance is beginning to dominate the other rating systems. This wasn’t too hard to imagine a couple of years ago considering the vast amount of buildings in places across the country and the world, most of which were designed and constructed a generation or two ago. But while the opportunities in that sector are fairly obvious, it is a little more unclear what needs to happen to address the newest buildings continuing to come on line every day.
LEED for Building Design and Construction only addresses the design and construction of a building while setting up the conditions to potentially operate efficiently. The heavy lifting only begins at occupancy, and we have a long way to go before the industry properly addresses performance decay.
In the past decade we have seen monumental change in a traditionally conservative industry. The opportunities and magnitude of what’s to come may be different from a decade ago, but they still exist if we continue to look in the right place.