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Jenner & Block: Evolving Model Leases: Comparison of BOMA & REALpac Green Leases

In this Emerging Issues Commentary, Ronald B. Grais and Kristen M. Boike of Jenner & Block compare the form and major "green" provisions of two new model leases: the Building Owner and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s "Guide to Writing a Commercial Real Estate Lease...

Green Roofs

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, including provisions enacted in Chicago, Seattle...

Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield and the Director of the GSA Office of High Performance Federal Green Buildings

The GSA's Office of High-Performance Federal Green Buildings (OHPFGB) must move quickly to obligate most of the $4.5 billion it has received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In this video, Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield interviews Kevin Kampschroer, the Director of the OHPFGB...

LexisNexis® Real Estate Law Center Podcast featuring Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield on Green Building Transactional Disclosure Regulations

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. (Please visit the site to view this audio)

Jenner & Block: LEED Certification

In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Ronald Grais, Of Counsel to Jenner & Block, discusses “LEED Version 2009,” effective July 1, 2009. The article covers provisions important to property owners and occupants of LEED Certified Buildings, including the addition of new “Minimum Program...

Financing Green Buildings with ARRA Grants

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 grid” technologies. For example, instead...

MT: Montana State Fund Moves Into New "Green" Digs

HELENA, MT - The Helena Independent Record reports that the Montana State Fund and its 285 employees moved into its new headquarters last week in Downtown Helena. The new $27.6 million building has innovative and energy-saving features.

Marten Law: California Court of Appeal Rejects Refinery Plan for Failure to Quantify GHG Impacts and Specify Mitigation

Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Steve Jones of Marten Law PLLC discusses Communities for a Better Environment v. City of Richmond , 184 Cal. App. 4th 70 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 2010) , a decision by the California Court of Appeal rejecting an Environmental...

Keeping PACE? Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program at risk

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 enacted by the governor. A number of other states have passed PACE laws in recent years. A key component of a PACE lien...

Neil A. Stein Of Kaplin Stewart On the Potential Risks for Green Building Projects

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 use litigation...

Neil A. Stein of Kaplin Stewart on Green Project Risks

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 use litigation...

Study Ranks Top 10 in Green Homebuilding; Reveals Need for Improvement

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...

Green Building- Interesting Third Party Issues

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...

A Few Green Building Notes

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...

Construction and Green Building Roundup

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...

Recent Trends, Current Uses, Legal Issues and New Business Opportunities with the ASTM Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) Standard

By Mark Bennett, Leanne Tobias and David Freeman, Attorneys at Law ASTM's 2011 Building Energy Performance Assessment standard (BEPA) is a landmark development for the measurement of energy performance in commercial buildings. In this article, Mark J. Bennett, Leanne Tobias and David J. Freeman...

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Mark Bennett, Leanne Tobias and David Freeman on ASTM's Building Energy Performance Assessment Standard.

On this edition, Mark Bennett of Miller Canfield, Leanne Tobias of Malachite LLC and David Freeman of Paul Hastings LLC discuss ASTM's Building Energy Performance Assessment Standard (BEPA). They provide an overview of the standard, review how it affects the interest of real estate owners to undertake...

Ulmer & Berne LLP: Green Leasing Unveiled - Part II

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 Tenants: Interior Alterations and Repairs A typical commercial lease...

Foley & Lardner LLP: Letters of Intent for Green Leases for Office and Retail

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...

Ulmer & Berne: Financing Renewable Energy: Protect the Planet, Boost your ROI

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...

Green Patent Blog: Building Immunity: Are Green Skills Certifiers Untouchable After LEED Win?

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...

Whence Green Building?

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...

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...

And Then There Was LEED v4

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...

ConsensusDOCS Updates its Forms

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...