Energy Efficiency is Pervasive These Days

In findings presented at the NAHB’s National Green Building Conference and Expo in Nashville, McGraw-Hill Construction said more than 80% of builders and remodelers responded that energy efficiency is making homes greener now than in the last couple years, according to a SmartMarket Report called New and Remodeled Green Homes: Transforming the Residential Marketplace.

The 60-page download includes findings based on a survey of 416 residential builders, developers, and remodelers taken during the fourth quarter of 2011.

Of those that responded, about 60% believe efforts to improve indoor air quality have made homes greener than two years ago.  Also, about half of them — and especially the remodelers — consider durable materials to be one of the most important features of their homes.

So what’s driving the growth in new and remodeled green homes?

First, there’s a perception that green homes are higher in quality.  Second, homeowners are seeking green homes in order to save money and minimize energy costs.  Surprisingly, initial costs are noted as an obstacle by less builders than before, signaling that perhaps homeowners are interested in investing now to save later.

Thus, green is penetrating the market at all levels, new and remodeled.  The market for green homes is currently at $17 billion, and it’s expected to increase to between $87-114 billion by 2016.

[+] For a copy of the report, visit McGraw-Hill Construction.

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Green Homes Currently a $17 B Market

Green homes comprised 17%, or $17 billion, of the overall residential construction market in 2011, according to new findings in the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study by McGraw-Hill Construction.  Mc-Graw Hill predicts green homes will gain market share over the next few years to between 29-38% of the market by 2016 — a market that could equate to $87-114 billion by these forecasts.

Additionally, 34% of remodelers expect to be doing mostly green work by 2016.

Factors that contribute to the growth of the green homes market include “higher quality” and “increases in energy costs,” while obstacles continue to be “higher perceived first costs” and “lack of consumer education.“  Builders guesstimate that the premium to build green is about 7%, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.

Areas with the highest growth in green homes include, first, the West Coast, second, the Midwest northern region west of the Mississippi, and third, the New England area.

Notwithstanding a brutal housing economy, “green has grown significantly as a share of activity— indicating that the green market is becoming an important part of our overall economic landscape,” said Harvey M. Bernstein, VP of Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction.

As the housing economy begins to, perhaps, come back a little from recent doldrums, 33% of builders and 22% of remodelers expect to be dedicated to green building work by 2016.

[+] More about the Green Home Builders and Remodelers Study.

Credit: McGraw-Hill Construction.

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Global Cardiac Biomarkers Market to Reach US$3.39 Billion by 2017, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) November 09, 2011

Follow us on LinkedIn – Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for a whopping 17 million deaths annually. An estimated 30 million people worldwide get afflicted with one or the other form of cardiovascular diseases every year. Heart failure results in the death of over 5 million people every year. Heart Diseases constitute one of the 10 leading causes of death in the lower, middle and high income groups across the globe. Biomarkers provide tremendous support in effective clinical decision making, which is mainly dependent on diagnosing the health status of a patient. Owing to their precision in the early detection of risks associated with cardiac diseases, biomarkers emerged as an invaluable tool in detecting cardiovascular diseases that constitute a leading cause of mortality in several developed nations, including the US. Increasing technological advancements in the area of biomarkers have enabled their use in unconventional applications.

Cardiac biomarkers, used in the diagnosis and prognosis of myocardial infarction and heart failure, are one of the fastest growing segments of the clinical immunoassay diagnostics market. Cardiovascular biomarkers have taken cardiovascular and metabolic disease diagnosis and management to a new level, by enhancing the efficiency of these processes. Inflammatory and lipid biomarkers have been validated as indicators for assessing potential risks of cardiovascular diseases in patients. Their use has been proven to be effective in establishing the cardiovascular disease onset, thus enabling the prevention of conditions, such as coronary thrombosis and stroke. Besides, these biomarkers are capable of accurately assessing risks of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), stroke and other cardiovascular events in the home as well as primary care settings.

The cardiac biomarkers currently available in the market cater to the needs of physicians for the prognosis, diagnosis, and risk assessment of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart failure and myocardial infarction. Researchers are looking out for additional markers that can help in detecting earlier events in the myocardial infarction disease progression, such as markers for plaque instability and myocardial ischemia.

The US represents the single largest market for Cardiac Biomarkers, as stated by the new market research report on Cardiac Biomarkers. Rest of World is likely to emerge as the fastest growing market for Cardiac Biomarkers with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.6% over the analysis period. Cardiac Troponin assay market constitutes the largest cardiac biomarkers test segment. BNP and NT-pro BNP assay test market is likely to emerge as the fastest growing segment reflecting a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.6% over the analysis period.

Traditionally, clinicians preferred clinical laboratories for performing cardiac biomarkers tests for myocardial infarction, and to a limited extent, point-of-care. However, the POCT market for cardiac biomarkers showed dramatically upward trend with the introduction of the BNP test by Biosite in 2001. Clinical laboratory testing segment dominates the global cardiac biomarkers market, while Point-of-Care testing is poised to register the fastest CAGR of 12.9% during the analysis period.

Through the years, Siemens has transformed itself into the world?s largest fully integrated diagnostics company that includes laboratory diagnostics, imaging diagnostics, and clinical IT, all under one roof. Select major players profiled in the report include Abbott Diagnostics, Alere Inc., Axis-Shield PoC, Beckman Coulter Inc., BG Medicine, LifeSign LLC, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc., Roche Diagnostics Corp., among others.

The research report titled ?Cardiac Biomarkers: A Global Strategic Business Report? announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the Cardiac Biomarkers, its market overview, key market trends, trends in research and development, an overview of different tests available, applications in various therapeutic areas, recent industry activity, product launches, and profiles of select market participants. The report provides annual value sales estimates and projections for the Cardiac Biomarkers market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the US, Europe, and Rest of World markets.

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Global Roofing & Insulation Market to Reach US$105 Billion by 2015, According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

San Jose, California (Vocus) July 19, 2010

Demand for roofing and insulation is directly dependent upon the prosperity of the construction industry and general economic conditions in a given country. Global demand for roofing materials slumped in 2008 and 2009, as the construction industry was hit by the global economic downturn. Demand is expected to recover in 2010 and post substantial growth in ensuing years. Europe leads the global roofing & insulation market, as stated by the new market research report on Roofing & Insulation. The US and Asia-Pacific are the other leading markets for roofing & insulation products worldwide, with Asia-Pacific being the fastest growing market for roofing as well as insulation products.

Rapid increase in population and robust economic growth are the key factors driving growth in the residential as well as the non-residential construction market in Asia-Pacific, creating robust demand for roofing solutions. The US market is likely to develop as housing construction recovers from the existing slump. Within the roofing market, Asphalt Shingles represents the largest product type in terms of volume and value. Other leading roofing options worldwide include Metal Roofing, Roofing Tiles, and Plastic Roofing. The roofing and waterproofing technology arena is witnessing the emergence of a long-term roofing solution in the form of Cold-liquid-applied membranes. Foamed Plastics represents the largest selling insulation product worldwide. Other leading insulation products include fiberglass and mineral wool.

Select major players profiled in the report include Owens Corning, Royal Group Inc., Saint-Gobain, CertainTeed Insulation Group, The Rockwool Group, Knauf Insulation Inc., Johns Manville, GAF Materials Corp., BASF AG, Atlas Roofing Corp., SIG Plc, Sika Sarnafil Inc., Monier Group GmbH, Icopal Limited, The Garland Company Inc., among others.

The report titled “Roofing & Insulation: A Global Strategic Business Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a strategic review of the roofing and insulation industries, key market trends, review of all the major products in roofing and insulation, recent product launches, strategic corporate initiatives, and profiles of key market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for Roofing & Insulation market for the years 2007 through 2015, and 2001 to 2006 by the following geographic markets – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Key segments and sub-segments analyzed include Roofing (Asphalt Shingles, Metal, Elastomeric, Built-Up, Roofing Tile, Modified Bitumen, Plastic and Others) and Insulation (Foamed Plastics, Fiberglass, Mineral Wool and Others).

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Spectrum Blue Steel’s fresh foreign investment at 18 Billion and the Biosphere process spark attention on a global scale

Manila, Philippines (PRWEB) June 29, 2008

Spectrum Blue steel’s timing is dead on. June 2008 Spectrum Blue Steel announced an exclusive contract with public company Global Environmental Energy Corporation (GEECF.OB) and started the 10 year plan for the Philippines using the patented Biosphere and Eco Technology. The Biosphere Process System has been tested to European and US EPA standards by Bord Na M