Green building starts soar

The value of green building construction starts increased substantially between 2005 and 2008, according to a report released Nov. 19 by McGraw-Hill Construction.

The report — based on data found in the McGraw-Hill Construction Network and released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston — shows green starts totaled between $36 billion and $49 billion this year compared with $10 billion in 2005, and could reach $96 billion to $140 billion by 2013.

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