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This article provides empirical evidence that the factors of context and social climate are the most influential for achieving green building. Using both chi-squared analysis and factor analysis findings indicate that providing the context and social climate which can reduce transaction costs influence green building. Specifically, through policies and guidelines, having the local expertise and support to make the outcomes occur are all important factors. Additionally, central cities were much more likely to engage in green building than suburban or non-metropolitan areas. This finding has implications for matters of collective action.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Public Works Management & Policy, published by SAGE Publishing. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/1087724X10394206