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No looking back: Sustainability is the new normal

More owners are telling architects and engineers to design sustainable buildings The construction industry took longer to come around to the innovation and technology of surrounding industries Manufacturers of material and equipment are providing cost-effective products built in sustainable factories Sustainability isn't just about the money

Shifts in consumer attitudes and competitively priced energy-efficient products have pushed the sustainability needle to the center, turning the previously unique concept of a “green” building into the construction standard.