The U.S. Green Building Council has just rolled out the long awaited LEED 2009, also known by some as LEED v.3. It is the first major change to LEED since version 1.0 was released in 1999. In this new version, the USGBC has made some of the major changes that the green building industry has been demanding, but for many on the innovative end of the green building spectrum it will not go far enough. One of the criticisms with the current LEED version has been the inequity of the one point for each strategy system. For example cleaning up
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.