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Green Building Update
Even though commercial and residential construction is likely to slow further through much of 2009, surging interest in green building is a bright spot across market segments.
U.S. forecasters say the nation's construction activity will decline 1.2% this year (in inflation adjusted terms) and decrease another 6.7% in 2009, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of leading industry forecasters. The good news, however, is the contraction, "is likely to be considerably milder than the construction recessions of the early 1990's and earlier this decade," said Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist. See details of the survey here.
At least 14% of U.S. cities with populations of more than 50,000 now have green building programs, with many more soon to follow, according to another AIA study. The number of counties with green building programs has also increased dramatically, 387.5% since 2003, from eight to 39. See the report here.
Green building demand continues to grow in the residential market, too. Realtors report high demand for green features among home buyers. And remodelers in a recent National Association of Home Builders survey say homeowners are looking for money saving solutions in the face of skyrocketing energy costs. Respondents say in recent months:
Featured Product: X-Pump Block
Combining a variable speed mixing control, a heat source circulator, system circulator and heat exchanger in one unit, The Taco X-Pump Block (XPB) is another breakthrough in the design, control and installation of radiant systems.
The XPB is ideal for applications such as installing a furnace-based air system where you would also like to provide radiant heat for the kitchen, bath, sunroom or a "radiant ready" basement package.
For traditional hydronic heating installations, the XBP offers a pre-sized, pre-engineered total solution to system isolation. It's also great for snowmelt systems where antifreeze needs to be added to part of a system, or for pulling off a steam boiler to create a separate pressurized loop.