Readers of The Journal of Light Construction are no strangers to the green building movement. There are now several dozen residential green building programs around the country with thousands of homes built in the past few years to their standards. Many of you participate in those programs, or have launched your own green marketing efforts.

Energy Star Homes, which focuses on energy efficiency, has seen a dramatic surge in participation, with over 100,000 homes built through the program. Even the National Association of Home Builders — far from a fringe environmental advocacy group — has taken an active interest in green building, with the formation of a green building subcommittee...

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