SUSTAINABILITY INDICATOR

There is much talk about sustainability – from sustainable design to certified projects. But what do architects and designers really think? We surveyed more than 800 architects and designers to find out. Some highlights of our findings can be found here. Mouse over the green boxes for the survey stats. And take a look at the other facts and figures you see here to put this into the greater context.

THEY AREN’T COMPLETELY CONFIDENT
Only 2% of architects and 3% of interior designers are “completely confident”
in manufacturers’ claims about sustainable products.
8 billion tons
of greenhouse
gases reduced by
leed buildings in
2010
THEY QUESTION THE CREDIBILITY
only 23% of architects and 32% of interior designers agree that manufacturers’ sustainability product claims are credible.
THEY BELIEVE IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
The primary reason architects (58%) and interior designers (56%) specify sustainable products is for their own professional sense of environmental responsibility.
673,000
searches for “LEED”
per month on google.
THEY SPECIFY SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS
In the past year, 70% of architects and 49% of interior designers specified sustainable products in their projects “very often” or “always.”
THEY PAY ATTENTION TO THE CLAIMS
Most pay careful attention to manufacturers’ sustainability claims about their products, with 82% of architects and 76% of interior designers agreeing this is the case.
2,466
Daily google searches for
“What is a green product”
THEIR CLIENTS
DON’T
UNDERSTAND
26% of both
architects and
interior designers
agree
that their clients
understand what the term
sustainability means.
Over 500 #green
hashtags tweeted
per day
79,761 tweets about
green building
since January 1, 2011
1,882 clean-tech patents
were registered in 2010
THEIR PIPELINE IS GROWING
More than half of architects (54%) and interior
designers (55%) expect their number of projects
with the goal of being sustainable will
increase in the coming year.