This article reviews the effect that the sustainable buildings movement has on the adhesives and sealants industry. The motivation and barriers to using such adhesives will be discussed as will some of the newer products being developed or introduced on the market. Finally, trends in the building industry will be identified as to their potential effect on adhesive and sealant development. "Sustainable building" refers to the larger shift from standard building practices, which are typically guided by short term economic consideration, to "best practices" emphasizing quality construction, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and conservation of natural resources. The continued adoption of green building on a global scale seems promising as more and more countries and building organizations seek to establish standards and incentives to promote sustainable building practices.Many products are being marketed today with claims that they are "sustainable", "green", or "environmentally friendly".