The 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index survey measures how architects practice sustainable design.
Autodesk Inc. and the American Institute of Architects have
completed their 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures
how AIA members are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions
about the green building movement.
The results this year show an
increase in the implementation of sustainable design practices from architects
and building owners, and a doubling of client requests for green building. In
addition, the report showed a positive shift in architects’ attitudes toward
their ability to impact climate change.
One major finding of the 2008 Green Index was that 42
percent of architects report clients asking for green building elements on a
majority of their projects, with 47 percent of clients actually implementing
green building elements on their projects (an increase of 15 percent from
Client demand remains the leading driver
for green building, with 66 percent of surveyed architects citing client demand
as the primary influence on their practice of green building. AIA members
believe the primary reasons clients are asking for green buildings are reduced
operating costs (60 percent), marketing (52 percent) and market demand (21
percent, up from 10 percent in the 2007 survey).
“We are encouraged to see the continued rise in demand for
green buildings, and that architects are responding to this demand by
increasing their practice of sustainable design,” said Jay
Bhatt, senior vice president, Autodesk AEC Solutions. “Autodesk is
committed to developing software that makes sustainable design easier and more
efficient, and it is rewarding to learn through this survey that 41 percent of
architects are using software to help predict and evaluate the environmental
impact and lifecycle of their buildings.”
In response to the rising client demand for green
buildings, AIA architects are increasing their use of certain sustainable
design practices. According to the survey, 34 percent are now implementing
green or vegetated roof coverings on more than half of their new projects,
compared with 7 percent of architects in 2007. Also, 39 percent are using
renewable, on-site energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, low-impact
hydro, biomass or bio-gas on over half of new building designs, compared with
just 6 percent last year.
The survey indicated a significant
increase in architects’ use of design software over the past year to help
predict and evaluate HVAC operating costs (39 percent, up from 31 percent in
2007), conduct energy modeling and baseline analysis (33 percent, up from 29
percent in 2007) and evaluate and explore alternative building materials (35
percent, up from 20 percent in 2007).
“The results of the Autodesk/AIA Green Index survey are
encouraging because it shows that clients and the market are realizing the
bottom-line benefits of sustainable design,” said Christine
McEntee, AIA executive vice president and CEO. “The AIA will be
adding to our various resources to help accelerate the adoption of sustainable
design principles by both clients and design professionals, and advocating at the
local, state, and federal level for energy-efficient buildings will continue to
be our main legislative priority.”
The complete 2008 Autodesk/AIA Green Index report is
available at http://images.autodesk.com/adsk/files/2008_autodesk-aia_green_index_report_final.pdf.
Client Demand Remains Leading Driver For Green Building
December 3, 2008