Upcoming Municipal Green Construction Code

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC The International Code Council (ICC) is in the process of rolling out final standards for Green Construction, called International Green Construction Codes (IgCC), in March 2012 ( www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC )....

Be Careful with “Green” Construction

As readers of Construction Law Musings can attest, I am an enthusiastic (if at times skeptical) supporter of sustainable (or "green") building . I am solidly behind the environmental and other benefits of this type of construction. However, I have likened myself to that loveable donkey Eeyore...

Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix

Way back in 2009, I discussed the interaction between taller and taller buildings and sustainable ("green") building . Back then, the reference was to the construction of skyscrapers in the Middle East and Europe. The initially referenced ENR article was written in the context of an urban retrofit...

DC Considers Net Zero Building Report

By E. Lynn Grayson . The District of Columbia (DC) is one of the greenest areas with a number of requirements in place for energy conservation and greener new construction. A new report shows that DC is considering even more aggressive green initiatives than those already on the books. According...