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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: ASTM Releases Standard for Measuring Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings in Real Estate Transactions

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On February 10, 2011, ASTM released its Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) Standard – E 2797-11 . This standard enables users to measure the energy performance of a commercial building in connection with a real...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Building Energy Audits and Benchmarking – A Growing Trend

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Increasingly, states and municipalities are requiring buildings within their jurisdictions to perform energy audits or otherwise disclose their energy use, usually referred to as “benchmarking.” A building...

Chicago Passes Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

The Chicago City Council recently passed the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance of the City of Chicago 1 (the "Ordinance"), and as a result have joined eight major cities and two states 2 that require some form of energy benchmarking for buildings. While there are some exceptions, described...

The Future of Building Codes & “Green” Building Programs

For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we would like to welcome back Sean Lintow Sr. (@ The_HTRC ) of SLS Construction & Building Solutions . Sean has over 20 years in the construction and project management fields and is now solely specializing in helping other...