National Institute of Building Sciences releases survey results of report on workforce diversity

The importance of diversity has never been more crucial, as new report reveals

New report, completed in partnership with Avenue M Group, reveals the reality of where workforce diversity is within the new built environment sector. It covers more ground among its breakdown of the definition of diversity.

The results show that more than seven in ten respondents included race, ethnicity, gender, and age in their definition of diversity within the context of the built environment.

Furthermore, nearly two-thirds of respondents said it’s important to increase diversity of the built environment. Overall, younger respondents, aged 39 or younger, and aged 40 to 49, including women, were more likely to indicate the importance with regard to increasing diversity.

“Nearly 30 partner organizations participated in this massive effort to look at diversity, inclusion, and social equity in our industry,” said AC Powell, JD, CPS, President and CEO of National Institute Building Sciences (NIBS). “This report offers insight on leveling this playing field to open up opportunities for all.”

Highlights in the 2023 Built Environment Workforce Survey show more than two-thirds of respondents were men, and the other third were women. More than 82 percent identified as white or a person of European descent.

Seven percent of respondents identified as Hispanic, and Latina; four percent identified as Black, African American, and a person of African descent; four percent identified as East Asian; and three percent identified as Native American, Alaska Native, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents work in private industry or business. The majority said they are employed full-time, and about half have been in the built environment for more than 20 years.

Regarding discrimination, almost one-third indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice based on age. Around two-thirds of women indicated they have experienced discrimination or prejudice in the built environment based on gender.

The construction industry, like other sectors, is uniting in its efforts to make the industry an inclusive one. Initiatives, like that of the NIBS Consultative Council, are integral in this process.