Survey: 65 Percent of Built Environment Employees Say It’s Important to Increase Diversity

Published by the National Institute of Building Sciences:

The National Institute of Building Sciences collected nearly 12,000 responses to the social equity survey

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 15, 2021) – Around two-thirds (65%) of employees have indicated that it is important or extremely important to increase the diversity of the built environment, according to the 2021 Built Environment Social Equity Survey of the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Eighteen organizations participated in the survey, including the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Building Owners and Managers Association International, Construction Management Association of America, Construction Specifications Institute, A Council for the American Society of Interior Designers, Design-Build Institute of America, Energy & Environmental Building Alliance, Green Building Initiative, Institute of Real Estate Management, International Code Council, International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants, New Buildings Institute, Northwest Energy Efficiency Council & Smart Buildings Center, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, RMC Research & Education Foundation, and U.S. Green Building Council.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion, specifically in leadership positions, must be a priority in the building industry,” said Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “The built environment needs a workforce and culture transformation, and this survey is just the first step to establish baseline data and set actionable goals. NIBS remains dedicated to the work that lies ahead.”

In March, NIBS enlisted market research and consulting firm Avenue M Group to conduct the survey and analyze data. Nearly 12,000 responses were collected.

Among the findings:

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