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J. Cullen Howe: LEED Standards in Green Building Laws
Posted on 11 Jul 2008 by J. Cullen Howe

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... Read More

GSA Speaks: Green Options Expand and The Fate of LEED v4 Deferred to Another Day
Posted on 15 Jan 2014 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), GSA is required to evaluate green building certification systems for use by federal agencies every five years. Recently, the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) completed its current... Read More

Jenner & Block: Green Leasing -- The Changing Environment of Leasing
Posted on 30 Jun 2008 by Ronald B. Grais and Kristen M. Boike

In this Emerging Issues Commentary, the first in a series of articles on green leasing, Ronald B. Grais and Kristen M. Boike of Jenner & Block's Chicago office provide an introduction to the challenges and nuances of creating a lease for space... Read More

California's Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act (Senate Bill 375): Back to the Future One More Time!
Posted on 19 Nov 2010 by Alene Taber

By Ms. Alene M. Taber In this Emerging Issues commentary, Alene M. Taber, an attorney with the firm of Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh, discusses California's landmark SB 375 legislation, the "Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection... Read More

Financing Green Buildings
Posted on 6 Jul 2009 by J. Cullen Howe

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”), enacted in February 2009, has changed the playing field for financing green buildings. It contains unprecedented federal support for renewable energy, energy efficiency and “smart... Read More

ISO issues design guide for energy efficiency in new buildings
Posted on 24 Feb 2009 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The International Organization for Standardization is a network of national standards institutes of 157 countries. ISO has a Geneva-based secretariat to coordinate the system. Individual member organizations may suggest new standards, which are then developed... Read More

Capital Review Group: Are You Ready to Take Advantage of the New Green Tax Incentives?
Posted on 17 Sep 2012 by Capital Review Group

INTRODUCTION The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes a tax deduction for investments in "energy-efficient commercial building property" designed to significantly reduce the heating, cooling, water heating, and interior lighting energy cost... Read More

New to LEED Version 3.0 Minimum Program Requirements: What Are These and Why Should I Be Concerned?
Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By George Nicholos U.S. Green Building Council Inc., (USGBC) recently rolled out version 3 of the Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. As of June 27, 2009 USGBC authorized the newly formed Green Building Certification... Read More

Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by Christopher G. Hill

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... Read More

More Thoughts on “Green” (the Practice, not the Color) Building
Posted on 27 Mar 2014 by Christopher G. Hill

It has been a while since I “mused” on the green building landscape. While I am a LEED AP and have presented on green (read “sustainable”) building in the past, I am not totally sold on LEED as the be all end all in sustainable... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York City Announces Green Lease Project
Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On April 5, 2011, New York City announced that the law firm of WilmerHale signed a commercial office space lease with the developer of the World Trade Center reconstruction... Read More

Michael Allan Wolf, of the Levin College of Law, University of Florida on Green Building Practices
Posted on 18 Sep 2009 by LexisNexis Real Estate Law Community Staff

On this edition, Michael Allan Wolf, Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the Levin College of Law, University of Florida, discusses green building practices, advantages and disadvantages of the LEED rating system, and potential legal complications... Read More

Green factors in choosing home include mileage!
Posted on 10 Feb 2009 by Nancy Greening

How many miles would you need to drive to work, shopping, and other necessary places, from the home you're considering purchasing or renting? Increasingly, purchasers and renters are becoming as interested in mileage as they are in square footage... Read More

New to LEED Version 3.0 Minimum Program Requirements: What Are These and Why Should I Be Concerned?
Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By George Nicholos U.S. Green Building Council Inc., (USGBC) recently rolled out version 3 of the Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. As of June 27, 2009 USGBC authorized the newly formed Green Building Certification... Read More

Green Roofs
Posted on 14 Nov 2008 by J. Cullen Howe

In this Emerging Issues Commentary, J. Cullen Howe of Arnold & Porter LLP’s New York office explains the basics of green roofs and their myriad benefits. He also discusses municipal laws that require or encourage their use in certain instances... Read More