The recession has been tough on just about any industry you can think of, not least of all construction, so it's nice to be able to focus on the silver lining to an otherwise gloomy story. To me, the strangest thing about green buildings is how long it took for them to enter the mainstream -- improving the efficiency of building systems seems like a no-brainer, especially for building owners and managers. But when looking back at what happened in real estate over the past decade, I find myself wondering what will prevent another construction bubble from forming?
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