Why is green building still so hard?

Green building has come a long way, baby — but has it come far enough? Auden Schendler, who’s overseen numerous green-building projects for the Aspen Skiing Company, doesn’t think so. Schendler wonders why, for instance, you can’t buy an eco-friendly house in any average subdivision in America. He also wonders why the burgeoning green-building movement isn’t trying to learn from its missteps. With buildings serving as a major contributor of climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions, Schendler says it’s well past time for eco-friendly design and construction to go mainstream.