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The Practical Side of Sustainability – (Part Two)

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.

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The Practical Side of Sustainability – (Part One)

Many professionals tout sustainability and “green” practices as being here and now.  LEED building certifications seem to gain a lot of press these days, and architects and engineers line up to become LEED-certified professionals.  Webinars, seminars, publications abound with the latest information about green lease provisions, green construction terms, etc.  This author receives, almost daily, emails and flyers with notifications of upcoming events and publications which feature green topics.  But in reality, the number of green/sustainable buildings 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.  While there are many good reasons to go green, in the real world – the one in which we all live – there are significant practical reasons why building sustainability is stalling.

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