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Top 10 Green Building Trends for the Year

It wasn't all that long ago that eco-friendly projects consisted of little more than turning off lights and recycling aluminum cans. But these days, eco-friendly projects are exploding all over the world. In fact, we've reached the point where environmentally-friendly processes are being factored into buildings before they are built.

Here are ten of the hottest green building trends going on right now:

    1. Eco-friendly certifications will become the rule, not the exception.

      In fact, the ENERGYSTAR and LEED certifications of buildings is already so commonplace that it doesn't really provide any advantage in the marketplace. Like UL certifications for power cords and electrical products, consumers are starting to assume that buildings should have green certifications.


    1. Net-zero energy buildings are the new "green."

      There has been an uptick in the practice of designing and constructing buildings that produce no net annual carbon emissions and use zero annual net energy consumption. Ultra-efficient climate control systems, eco-friendly designs, and energy saving are usually included in net-zero energy buildings.... read more

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