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THE
BUILDING
MATERIALS
INDUSTRY IS
GOING
GREEN

uilding
"green"
has never
really been a topic of
concern for the general
public and especially not the
government. Not up until the
last decade. The five major
environmental problems
we hear about almost
daily - global warming,
deforestation, disposal of
waste, desertification and
loss of biodiversity - have all
impacted the way we operate
in almost every industry. The
building materials industry is
no exception.
Let's look at the latest trends
and stats.

TRENDS: BUILDING "GREEN"
One of the main reasons the
building materials industry has
experienced unprecedented growth
in the last decade is because of
deliberate efforts to adopt green
materials. The prevailing climate crisis
with multi-faceted devastation on our
livelihoods, ranging from economic to
social to environmental spheres, calls
for an urgent shift in mindsets and
modus operandi of all. It is no longer
business as usual and as such, we see
a demand for building green and a
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global upsurge of
parties pushing for
adoption of green building
materials/technology.
Environment Regulations
*	 Governmental and private
programs and bodies mandated
with certifying, supporting
and promoting green building.
Canada Green Building Council
(CaGBC), Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED), World
Green Building Council and U.S.
Green Building Council are notable
organs driving this adoption.
Market Demand for Healthier,
Cost-Effective and Resilient
Buildings
*	 Dedicated green building firms,
manufacturers, consultants and
experts are highly sought after.
Public and Private Sector Demand
*	 Individuals/firms, both owners
and tenants, have particular
interests in green homes and
commercial facilities.
All the above directly contribute to
development and innovation in the
green building sector.

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TOP GREEN
BUILDING TRENDS
1. Preference for
Polyethylene terephthalate
(PET) for building over less
recyclable plastics such PVC.
2.	 Reduction of carbon concrete to
mitigate carbon emissions.
3.	 Increased use of
carbon-eating plastic.
4.	 Self-assembling materials.

MARKET SIZE AND SHARE
The building industry falls under
the four basic human needs - shelter.
Be it residential or commercial, the
majority of the population spends
at least six of the 24 hours under a
structure. This in itself makes the
building industry an essential part of
human existence.
Whereas the global construction
industry was worth $10.8 trillion in
2017, the green building materials
market is expected to hit $1 trillion
this year.
According to research by the
U.S. Green Building Council,
non-residential buildings make up
40 to 48% of green buildings in
the U.S., while the average with
residential properties factored in
pushes the figure well over 50%.
This is a drastic improvement from a
negligible 1.4% in 2005. This increase
was also responsible for the creation
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BSIA NEWS AND EVENTS
MEMBER NEWS
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BSIA 2021 WAVE OF THE FUTURE
COVID-19 ACCELERATES THE PACE OF CHANGE IN THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY
THE BUILDING MATERIALS INDUSTRY IS GOING GREEN
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: LAST WORD
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