Sustainable architecture is a growing trend in the design world today. Many consumer and commercial products use the “green” term to market themselves to environmental conscious consumers. Unfortunately, there is no government standard for what “green” really is. As a result, many organizations have been established to standardize what they perceive as “green” or sustainable design. The most notable of these are the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). GBI has developed their “Green Globes” rating Program while USGBC has “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” or LEED program. Many Federal, State, and Local agencies have adopted the LEED program as their standard for defining “green” buildings.

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