The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the construction market hard across the board. However, for firms providing sustainable design and construction, the impact of the crisis may have more profound effects. The notion of sustainability is evolving, from a more systems-based approach to aid in preserving the environment to a more fundamental concern over human health.
The interest in sustainable green design and construction can be seen in the results of the 2020 ENR Top Green survey. As a group, the Top 100 Green Design Firms generated $7.28 billion in 2019 design revenue from projects registered with and actively seeking certification from third-party ratings groups under sustainable-design standards, such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. The total is a 7.5% increase from $6.77 billion in 2018.