With more cities and towns across the U.S. mandating sustainable building practices, green building has become the norm, says Business Facilities magazine in a recent issue.
In April, Los Angeles became the largest U.S. city to enact strict environmental standards on private-sector construction, the magazine reports.
Washington, D.C., the first major city to mandate green construction for privately-owned real estate in 2006, this year expanded that mandate to also include publicly-financed buildings starting in 2012. The city offers a variety of incentives to encourage green building.
Boston last year adopted a zoning code that brought renovation of existing buildings within its green building requirements.
These and many other municipalities require green building to conform to LEED certification guidelines developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
"Numerous other jurisdictions, big and small, across the country have jumped on board the green building movement, crafting a diverse array of laws designed to lessen their communities' impact on global warming by reducing greenhouse gas emissions," writes Brian Donahue in Business Facilities.
From 2003 to 2007, the number of cities with green building programs swelled by 418%, according to Brooks Rainwater, director of local relations for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), citing a recent AIA survey of cities across the U.S. As of last year, 92 cities had green building programs and another 36 were developing programs, he says.
"Going green is no longer the wave of the future," Rainwater adds. "It increasingly has become a central feature of today's building practices," Rainwater adds. Read the article here.