The evolution of building metrics, standards, codes and labeling has been "synergistic," write Melissa O'Mara and Cam Williams, and this has led to greener building practices. LEED started in 1998, and now other standards such the ZigBee Building Automation Standard and the ISO 50001 certification program contribute to helping building owners and developers convert the lofty ideals of sustainability into "practical and actionable measures."

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