Green Buildings: A Voluntary Movement Could Become Mandatory

September 26, 2008
Bridget L. Dorfman
Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

The green building movement, like hybrid cars and organic produce, has gone mainstream. LEED-certified buildings may not occupy every corner—according to the U.S. Green Building Council's August 2008 statistics, roughly 15,000 buildings have become LEED-certified or LEED-registered since the LEED rating system was released in 2000—but there is growing recognition that we reap environmental, economic, and other benefits when we make buildings green (or, in the case of existing buildings, greener), whether they have LEED certification or not.

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