Issued by a consortium of energy-efficiency advocates, two new reports recommend ways to overcome hurdles to achieving net-zero emissions in commercial buildings. Barriers include cost and a reliance on prescriptive, instead of performance-based, energy codes. The reports, commissioned by the Dept. of Energy, represent input from more than 430 groups, including the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of State Energy Officials.
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.