The recession saw an increase in going where the work was, internationally. Now, Giants have enough to do in the U.S., with 27 working here exclusively, 10 more than the year before. And 57 Giants say that 90 percent or more of their business is domestic. The U.S. and Canada are cited, by 90 percent of Giants, as having the biggest growth potential, with the Northeast, South, and West holding the most promise. Only 14 Giants do at least half their business outside the U.S. Of those that do work abroad, 80 percent do so in Asia and Pacific Rim locations. Nevertheless, they weren’t the two areas, globally, that saw growth. That distinction goes to Mexico and the Caribbean.
All those projects require products, of course, and the numbers have shown robust growth. The Giants installed $74.3 billion worth, an 8 percent rise. Of that total, $47 billion came from sustainable products, but sustainability news overall is mixed. The number of LEED accredited staffers rose 5 percent, to 4,100, representing a quarter of all staff. However, Giants claiming that sustainability is a core component of their business have fallen to 85 percent from a peak of 92 percent. Not that that’s stopped Giants that work green from pulling in the green. With 41 Giants saying that at least half of all fees come from sustainable projects, they generated fees of $1.6 billion, a 16 percent jump.