Green Buildings Boost Construction Jobs

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Bad news about construction giants cutting jobs is continuously pouring in. The month of June saw home construction reach a 17-year low. The recent slowdown in the housing sector, which has led to the current recession, has clearly shown the effect this area has on the economy. However, with fast changing new building standards and regulations and demand for housing in new areas growing constantly, this slump will not last for long. Construction jobs are sure to be in great demand soon.

Why You Shouldn't Worry

Recessions are bound to happen every few years. This is the ideal time to analyze your career options and decide what moves to make regarding present opportunities. The upcoming changes to regulations and building standards in many states indicate that in the future there will be a demand for more educated people in the construction sector. Let's examine some of the new regulations and building standards.

New York's New Building Codes

Housing starts in the New York area surged 242% in June. The city issued new construction codes, effective July 1, that tightened safety and environmental standards. Some of the new requirements included interconnected smoke alarms and ''white roofs'' to reflect heat.

Because of the new building codes, home starts in the Northeast rose 102.6% in June and permits rose 73%.

The state also changed the tax code covering the building of affordable housing units, which also contributed to the increase. In the long run, the new building codes are sure to invite a lot of construction jobs, as the need for educated and skilled employees for green building is sure to increase.

Green Building Standards for California

California also issued new building standards, which state officials said would push developers to reduce the energy use of buildings by 15% and aim for a 50% reduction in water for landscaping.

The move by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, though initially voluntary, will be mandatory in 2010. The new building standards have provided a boost to construction companies that comply with strict green standards. Construction jobs will be in demand soon as companies look for candidates who have the education and experience in adhering to the latest in building standards.

New Mexico's Regulations

New Mexico's Regulation and Licensing Department's Construction Industries Division has set new building, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical codes. New Mexico has adopted the International Energy Conservation Code as the minimum standard for the state.

The 2006 New Mexico General Building, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes and the 2008 New Mexico Electrical Codes that went into effect July 1 have set new standards for energy and water conservation. In the long run, these measures will benefit the construction industry.


New building codes are expected to be adopted in several additional states, including Arizona. While many people in construction jobs are looking closely at their options, one suggestion to consider is improving one's skills. Taking advantage of the slow business cycle to go back to school and improve on your education would be a prudent, proactive solution. After all, new green regulations will increase the demand for educated construction workers who have the knowledge needed to implement the newest building standards.
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