Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: President Obama Launches Better Buildings Initiative

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On February 3 rd , President Obama launched the Better Buildings Initiative , which is intended to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private sector investment through...

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...

Ballard Spahr LLP: HUD Issues Proposed Rule for Physical Needs Assessments and Energy Audits

By Amy M. Glassman and Mitzie V. Smith-Mack The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a proposed rule that would require all public housing authorities (PHAs), regardless of size, to conduct physical needs assessments (PNAs). If implemented, it would require the following...