+ Image Click Image to Enlarge + Image Click Image to Enlarge Related Links: Architecture 2030 NCARB AIA Contract Documents McGraw Hill Construction Market Research Architecture 2030—a group bent on catalyzing the buildings sector to phase out carbon emissions related to the built environment—is picking up steam. Last month, the group issued its "challenge" to building product manufacturers to produce environmentally benign building products by 2030.In 2006, Architecture 2030 unveiled a strategy to dramatically reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions through "low carbon" design. More recently, it released a road map to "zero emissions" for buildings—new construction and existing
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.