When green initiatives require organizations to go beyond traditional project management methods, specialized software templates can provide a framework for defining environmental goals, reporting to different stakeholders and measuring value.
When asked if specialized software tools or templates would be beneficial for organizing and tracking green projects, more than two-thirds of architecture and construction industry managers said “yes” in a recent survey conducted by AEC Software, a project management software provider. In addition, 81 percent said they believe green building is not a fad, and half said that by offering green services, their businesses captured new revenue, even in times of slowed growth and poor economic conditions.
The survey also revealed that almost all (96 percent) of the respondents believe that green projects require more knowledge about project design, product specifications, code compliance, regulations, accreditations and subcontractors and specialists. Along those lines, three-fourths of respondents said green building is more complicated than traditional building and nearly every respondent said green building adds more time to projects and requires more pre-planning.
Nonetheless, of those surveyed who do not currently offer green services, about half plan to introduce green capabilities within the next 12 months.