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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

Chicago Passes Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Ordinance
Posted on 7 Oct 2013 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

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... Read More

The World Green Building Council Makes “The Business Case for Green Building”
Posted on 4 Nov 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

Is green building a wise business decision? That is the fundamental question the World Green Building Council’s report, “ The Business Case For Green Building ,” attempts to address. The report compiles actual cost and benefit data from... Read More

PACE Financing: Recent Controversy and Litigation
Posted on 17 Jan 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

There is a continuing controversy over Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, which provides loans for improving energy efficiency in buildings. After describing PACE programs and discussing why their future is threatened, J. Cullen Howe... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: ASTM Releases Standard for Measuring Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings in Real Estate Transactions
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

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... Read More

Sustainability Trends in the Real Estate Sector: Market Forces at Work
Posted on 19 Sep 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

A recently published PwC review identifies a number of business factors that are heightening attention to sustainability in the real estate sector. Among the key drivers are: • An increasing frequency in inquiries from investors such as APG Investment... Read More

The Future of Building Codes & “Green” Building Programs
Posted on 8 Jan 2014 by Christopher G. Hill

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... Read More

Senate Tax Reform Proposals: “Chilling Effect” On Real Estate Industry
Posted on 11 Mar 2014 by DLA Piper

By Bruce Thompson A tax reform proposal released by the Senate Finance Committee would have a major impact on the real estate industry, according to comments submitted to the committee by a number of industry groups. If enacted in their current... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: President Obama Launches Better Buildings Initiative
Posted on 19 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

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... Read More

Philadelphia's Energy Benchmarking Deadline Will Be at Your Doorstep This Halloween
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by Duane Morris LLP

For owners of commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet or more in the city of Philadelphia, chances are the time has come to address the city's new energy and water use benchmarking law. Energy benchmarking refers to a process used to measure energy... Read More

Building Energy Codes
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by J. Cullen Howe

Building energy codes have been used for many years as a cost-effective strategy to overcome barriers to energy efficiency in buildings. In this Analysis, J. Cullen Howe, of Arnold & Porter, provides an overview of building energy codes and examines... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Building Energy Audits and Benchmarking – A Growing Trend
Posted on 24 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

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... Read More