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Building Projects Still Going Green Despite Economy

Some building projects still going green despite economy
Reprinted with permission of the New Mexico Business Weekly, Copyright 2012

By Rachel Sams, Associate Editor
Friday, March 30, 2012

It’s been an interesting couple of years in the commercial real estate world, and that’s especially true when it comes to green building.  In the Business Weekly’s March 30 Green & Clean Focus, Reporter Steve Ginsberg found that in spite of the construction slowdown and economic pressures of recent years, the green building movement didn’t die, it changed with the times.

Some in the building trades argued that green building codes were too costly and were leading to job losses. That helped lead to rollbacks of green building codes in Albuquerque and Santa Fe late last year.  Still, a number of building projects in the public and private sectors have pursued green features, lured by the desire to save lots of money on energy costs. The state has emerged as a national leader in green multifamily building.

Central New Mexico Community College has built or renovated five green buildings in the past three years, spending $60 million to do so.  “As an educational institute that trains its students in construction and the energy trades, we need to set the example, while at the same time, being a public institution we must be energy-efficient,” CNM President Kathie Winograd said.

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