Americans, Architects Consistent in Goals


The American Institute of Architects
and Clarus Research released results from a survey of registered
voters that gives insight into their perspective of business
loans and green trends.Top points of interest in the survey results
include easier loan process for businesses
and more green demand.

Interestingly, 60 percent of respondents think it should be easier for
businesses to get loans for expansion, equipment and create
jobs. In addition, 75 percent of respondents said they are
willing to pay five to 10 percent more on a house that features green
building methods.

“Both Americans and America’s architects share the
same goals, which is
to make financing available to get the design and construction industry
moving again,” said 2011 AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA.

Earlier in the week, NAI
, a commercial real estate
company, held a webcast on the “Global Economic Outlook.” Corporate
profits were at highest levels in 2010, according to NAI Global Chief
Economist, Peter Linneman. However, despite the growth, companies still
don’t have the confidence to invest in job growth.

As previously reported, the National Association of Home Builders
emphasizes that job recovery needs to happen
before the housing market recovers. When the job market recovers,
consumer confidence will increase which will affect existing and new
home sales.

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