New study finds green construction is major U.S. economic driver

The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year, according to a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton. The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study finds the green building industry contributes more than $134.3 billion in labor income to working Americans. The study also found that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise. By 2018, the study finds, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs — more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector — and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. www.archnews.com

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