On this edition, Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield in Detroit discusses the origins of green building transactional disclosure regulations, the increase in their use and possible impact. Copyright© 2009 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
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A previous blog entitled
"What's a PACE bond? And why do New York homeowners want
to know?" addressed New York PACE legislation. That legislation has been
number of other states have passed PACE laws in recent years. A key
component of a PACE lien...
Neil A. Stein, a principal of the Philadelphia-area law firm
of Kaplin Stewart, has represented landowners, developers, institutions and
non-profit groups for more than 25 years in each and every phase of the real
estate transaction including structuring, financing, land use approvals, land
Recently, Calvert Investments , a Bethesda, M.D.-based investment group, released a study entitled “ A Green Recovery for America’s Homebuilders? A Survey of Sustainable Practices by the Homebuilding Industry ,” which examined America’s 10 largest publicly traded homebuilders...
Originally posted 2009-08-24 09:00:00. As I was following some of the posts by @ imadnaffa on Twitter, I came across a post
by a consultant that guarantees LEED Certification. This got me
thinking about the myriad issues relating to the third party
certification aspect of adding such certification...
This past week, the blogosphere (if that's even the word these days) has been abuzz about green building and the value that green can add to a project . Three items in particular (among many) got my attention.
The first of these was the fact that a new private sustainability rating system is...
Over the past week or so, several great pieces have been written across the web relating to green building
and other construction industry related topics. Without re-hashing the
great analysis found in those articles, I thought that it would be
helpful to point them out.
On the green building...
By John Weber
In Part I of our series on the particulars of Green Leasing, we
discussed Lease Term and Operating Expenses. Now we turn to a robust
area for implementing sustainable processes between Landlords and
Interior Alterations and Repairs
By Emerson M. Lotzia When a landlord or tenant desires a green or
sustainable lease pursuant to (i) internal policies or corporate
branding or (ii) requires such a lease because of financing or monetary
incentives, addressing the key green or sustainable lease issues in the
letter of intent or...
By Greg Stein
Protecting this planet's natural resources for future generations is a
moral obligation; unfortunately, moral obligations do not pay the
bills. Coal is a nonrenewable resource that causes pollution. But it's
cheap. Renewable energy is often a more expensive alternative...
Last year several individuals, including a green building consultant, an architect, and an engineer, sued the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) in federal court in New York, alleging that the organization
made false or misleading statements in connection with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental...
It has been a while since I last "mused" on sustainable (or "green") building . Since my last post on the subject
much has been in the news, and most of it negative in some way. While
much good has occurred to advance the sustainable building cause, recent
news on this front...
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...
By George M. Nicholos , Associate, Vandeventer Black LLP
U.S. Green Building Council Inc., (USGBC) recently rolled out LEED version 4 (LEED v4) of the Leadership and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. LEED v4 was originally referred to as LEED 2012, but delays during the public...
As reported recently in ENR Magazine , among other publications, the ConsensusDOCS folks have updated their contract forms. Why is this news?
First of all, it’s only been around three and a half years since these documents were officially released and this release is about 18 months sooner than...