For a construction industry battered by the economic downturn, "the good news is that green construction is growing like mad," said Dan Geiger, executive director of the Northern California Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Green retrofit projects will multiply from 2010 levels by three to five times by 2015, while net-zero energy projects will be the standard for LEED Platinum by 2018, according to a forecast by McGraw-Hill Construction.

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