Research

Below is a selection of various green industry research materials from recent reports.

Guild Quality NGBS Homeowner Survey     (PDF 659kb)
Home Innovation Research Labs reached out to GuildQuality with a request to conduct a national survey of buyers who have purchased or built a certified green home under National Green Building Standard. After the surveys were conducted, GuildQuality was tasked with writing up a report outlining the results of the survey as well as key findings that were uncovered.     

Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the US   (PDF 24.8 MB)
The U.S. faces significant and diverse economic risks from climate change. The signature effects of human-induced climate change—rising seas, increased damage from storm surge, more frequent bouts of extreme heat—all have specific, measurable impacts on our nation’s current assets and ongoing economic activity.

To date, there has been no comprehensive assessment of the economic risks our nation faces from the changing climate. Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change to the United States uses a standard risk-assessment approach to determine the range of potential consequences for each region of the U.S.—as well as for selected sectors of the economy—if we continue on our current path.
 

McGraw Hill Smart Market Report 2014    (PDF 3.6MB)
The findings in this report demonstrate that green building is increasingly important in the single family and multifamily sectors. The study also reveals a vigorous and growing renewables market in the residential sector.    

2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index     (PDF 2 MB)
This U.S. CLEAN TECH LEADERSHIP INDEX report contains findings from the 2014
editions of Clean Edge’s State and Metro Indexes, which track activity in the U.S.
based on a diverse set of underlying industry indicators at state and metro levels.
Indicator performances are grouped into separate categories (for index weighting
purposes) and ultimately used to calculate regional leadership scores. The STATE
INDEX offers scores for all 50 states, derived from more than 70 state-based indicators.
The METRO INDEX uses 20 metro-based indicators to calculate scores for the 50
largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas. Organizational structures of both indexes
are shown at the right, and more information can be found later in the report (State
Index methodology on page 24; Metro Index methodology on page 43).

The objective of the Leadership Index is to serve as a tool for regional comparative
research, a source for aggregated industry data, and a jumping-off point for deep,
data-driven analysis of the U.S. clean-energy market. This is the fifth edition of the
State Index, the third annual Metro Index, and the second year that topline index
rankings and scores have been released as a public report.   

The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market       (PDF 707kb)
This study, conducted by economists at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Los Angeles, finds that California homes labeled by Energy Star, LEED for Homes and GreenPoint Rated sell for 9 percent more (±4%) than comparable, non-labeled homes.

   

2014 Smart Market Report: Drive Toward Healthier Buildings    (PDF 2 MB)
This SmartMarket Report—The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity—contains the results of a landmark research project that is the first to span across five key stakeholders that influence the prevalence of healthy design and construction practices in buildings, including physicians, construction industry professionals in the residential and non-residential sectors, owner HR executives and homeowners.    

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