As green buildings become more prevalent, more and more states and municipalities are adopting laws and regulations that either require or recommend that new buildings incorporate the U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, commonly known as LEED. J. Cullen Howe of Arnold & Porter LLPs New York office describes the concept of green buildings, explains the background and development of LEED, and reviews the different types of green building laws passed at the state and municipal level. He also recommends steps that attorneys should take when advising clients about the costs and benefits of green buildings, as well as what they should be aware of when beginning construction. He writes:
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