This article first published as The Practical Side of Sustainability on Technorati.
The reality of the “green” or sustainable building movement, at least in the world of commercial real estate, is that it is relatively very small and not growing at a significant rate. The U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) estimates that 2% of all new building construction projects receive LEED certification. Existing buildings greatly outnumber newly-constructed ones, especially given the current economic market. There are many good reasons to go green, but in the real world – the one in which we all live – there are significant practical reasons why building sustainability is stalling.