In a recent poll, we asked EcoHome readers their opinions about how the market downturn impacts green building. Most green pros who took our survey think green building is helping them survive the current market conditions; the majority of all respondents believe green building will be the dominant trend even after the industry begins to recover. Here's more on what respondents had to say:

  • Of those respondents not currently involved in green building, 77% say they think now would be a good time to enter that market.

  • Of those respondents currently involved in green building, 70% believe green building is helping their business survive today's market conditions.

  • 65% of all respondents believe green building will lead all other trends when the industry emerges from this downturn.

  • When asked what they are doing to adjust to market conditions, the most popular response was "focusing more on green building, remodeling, and design." Also popular were "delaying investment and speculative projects," "shifting focus to new markets," and "advertising more." Surprisingly, among the open-ended answers to this question, several respondents reported that their markets are still doing well.