LEED version 3 - Certification/Decertification

By George Nicholos When the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently rolled out version 3 of the Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system in July of 2009, the question of whether a building's LEED certification could be taken away or the building decertified...

Green Building- Interesting Third Party Issues

Originally posted 2009-08-24 09:00:00. As I was following some of the posts by @ imadnaffa on Twitter, I came across a post by a consultant that guarantees LEED Certification. This got me thinking about the myriad issues relating to the third party certification aspect of adding such certification...

Green Patent Blog: Building Immunity: Are Green Skills Certifiers Untouchable After LEED Win?

Last year several individuals, including a green building consultant, an architect, and an engineer, sued the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in federal court in New York, alleging that the organization made false or misleading statements in connection with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental...

Vandeventer Black LLP: New Congressional LEED Spending Restrictions for DOD

By Neil Lowenstein Below is a summary of the new Congressional LEED spending restrictions for DOD prepared by one our firm attorneys, George Nicholos. Sudden Policy Re-direction / Congress Restricts LEED Spending at Department of Defense The Department of Defense (DoD) has been at the forefront...