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Building Energy Codes

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 them from the federal, state & local levels...

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...

Sustainability Trends in the Real Estate Sector: Market Forces at Work

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, CalPERS, and CalSRS, demanding real estate...

The World Green Building Council Makes “The Business Case for Green Building”

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 peer-reviewed publications and includes numerous...

The Future of Building Codes & “Green” Building Programs

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 and is now solely specializing in helping other...

GSA Speaks: Green Options Expand and The Fate of LEED v4 Deferred to Another Day

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 review and provided updated recommendations to the...