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Green building jobs are changing to meet new demands for compliance with regulations, as well as cost efficiency measures to reduce energy use, water use and reduced toxins to foster better health and wellness of the people using the buildings throughout the lifetime of the building.

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Green building has created new jobs out of old professions, and added a few that are so new they require new career directions.

Some of the traditional jobs that have been reengineered as green building jobs include:

  • Project manager -- by adding deconstruction and green purchasing
  • Developer -- by adding compliance regulations and smart city strategies
  • Carpenters -- by adding careful construction techniques to reduce and recycle waste
  • Concrete and Brick Layers -- new materials and permeable strategies reduce stormwater runoff

...and so forth. Traditional development and building trades jobs have new planning layers, new materials, new waste management strategies, and new compliance regulations to optimize.

"All new" green building jobs include some of the latest renewable energy features that are being added to buildings such as small wind power, geothermal, and even "new" forms of green roofing with living plants.

These are exciting times for green building professionals and they are facing significant career challenges to retrofit their careers as well as buildings!

Another aspect of new jobs in the green building world is more attention to whole building design and system commissioning to optimize function of equipment and building envelopes. And don't forget ongoing maintenance of the building! Buildings are no longer objects, but living environments that are seen as systems that must adapt to the people and activities they foster.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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