A special report titled “Green Outlook 2011,” published by McGraw-Hill Construction, points to green buildings as one of construction’s fastest-growing sectors. Starts increased 50% from 2008 to 2010. This year, MHC estimates green buildings will account for a third of all new non-residential construction, totaling $54 billion in starts. “This growth would be notable under any circumstances, but [it] is particularly dramatic given the decline in overall construction during the same period,” says MHC. It predicts that, by 2015, non-residential green building markets will nearly triple, growing to between $120 billion and $145 billion. It predicts the retrofit and renovation
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.