Building owners find themselves in the midst of a trend toward buildings that have less impact on the environment. But, according to reports from One News, building owners comment that the trend is being held back by insufficient government support.

Mentioned in the article, there are 17 states and 59 cities, including New York and Chicago, that offer incentives for green buildings or even require certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

These incentives, as well as the growing demands of building occupants, have resulted in a "boom in green buildings" throughout the country. One example is the 54-story Bank of America Tower in New York. Opening next year, this will be the most environmentally friendly office building in the U.S.

Building owners complain that although there are definite benefits to going green, there needs to be more support from the federal government in order for the trend to continue as a cost effective move for builders. But, according to the article, "the US Environmental Protection Agency argues that federal tax breaks of up to $1.80 per square foot and programs to promote energy conservation provide enough support."

To read more about this ongoing debate, and other green initiatives, read the full article.