5 Knowledge Areas Needed For Success In Green Buildings Market
The Green Buildings market is headed for a strong surge forward as the stimulus money takes hold in the federal market. With 75% of all government buildings undergoing upgrades to become LEED certified within the next 5 years, it will be essential for building design, construction and real estate professionals to have the knowledge and skills needed to deliver successful projects. Here are a few things we see that will be important in the coming months.
- Building Information Modeling (BIM)/ 3D Computer Aided Design: BIM allows buildings to be designed in 3D environments where professionals and owners can “tour” the building and visualize the construction of building at different levels before construction starts. BIM, if used properly, allow design professionals and owners to choose building materials; resolve construction issues and avert cost overruns. Professionals who have “hands on” experience with BIM will be in demand.
- Estimating/Scheduling:In these post recession times, man hours and materials are expensive commodities. Estimating and scheduling professionals who understand how to negotiate prices, procure the LEED certified materials and resolve scheduling issues will be in high demand. (See our article on the 7 Hottest Certifications For 2010 ).
- Energy/Facility Management: The true value of a green building is in how it operates. Energy and Facility managers will be tasked with making sure green buildings operate within LEED standards. These professionals will have to manage billing rates, building automation systems, construction, maintenance and resource consumption. The federal government has already start hiring energy managers for military facilities. (See our article 27 Areas of Potential Job Growth).
- Project Management: Managing people, processes and policy takes leadership, empathy, adaptability and diplomacy. Project managers are concerned with managing employees, efficient use of resources and ethical business practices while maintaining profitability. In their eyes, the quality of the people, project, product or service under their charge is a statement of their character and company. They also must understand the financial objectives of their senior managers, clients and stakeholders.
- Building Systems Maintenance: Many green buildings have advanced automation systems, climate control and on-site power generation. Maintenance professionals will have to be skilled craftsman as well as adept technologists. Those who can fix power generators, HVAC, water purification systems and do routine maintenance who see ample opportunities in the coming years.
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