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J. Wylie Donald and Jocelyn G. Hill of McCarter & English LLP on Covering the Green Roof -- With Insurance

The City of Toronto just passed North America’s first ordinance mandating the installation of a green roof on new construction commercial and industrial buildings greater than a certain square footage. Green roofs are sprouting in numerous other jurisdictions in response to the sustained interest...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on LEED Decertification

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Green Building Law Blogger Shari Shapiro on Energy Regulation

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Shari Shapiro, LEED Accredited Professional and Green Building Law Blogger, Discusses LEED Decertification

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and , focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability Coordinator for Obermayer...

Videocast - Shari Shapiro of Green Building Law Blog looks at Renewable Energy & Green Building Law

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Video by Shari Shapiro, Sustainability Coordinator and Green Building Law Blogger, on Green Building Law and Energy Regulation

(Please visit the site to view this video) Shari Shapiro, an attorney and LEED Accredited Professional, focuses her practice on green building law, which includes sustainable project financing, regulatory drafting, land use approvals, contracts, and conflict resolution. Shapiro is the Sustainability...

Insurers Encourage Green Building

Insurers and regulators are addressing Green Building issues at breakneck speed. With state regulators approving new policy endorsements and insurers offering Green Building discounts, insuring properties that are “green” is here to stay. On April 29, 2010, the Pennsylvania Insurance...

Insurers Encourage Green Building with Endorsements and Discounts

Insurers and regulators are addressing Green Building issues at breakneck speed. With state regulators approving new policy endorsements and insurers offering Green Building discounts, insuring properties that are “green” is here to stay. On April 29, 2010, the Pennsylvania Insurance...

Regulators and Insurers Support Green Building Projects with Endorsements and Discounts

Insurers and regulators are addressing Green Building issues at breakneck speed. With state regulators approving new policy endorsements and insurers offering Green Building discounts, insuring properties that are “green” is here to stay. On April 29, 2010, the Pennsylvania Insurance...

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...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: ASTM Releases Standard for Measuring Energy Performance of Commercial Buildings in Real Estate Transactions

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 of a commercial building in connection with a real...

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Marc Karell on 9 Purely Business Reasons to "Green" Your Company

On this edition, Marc Karell, founder and principal of Climate Change & Environmental Services, discusses some purely business reasons for companies to "go green." Mr. Karell discusses strategies ranging from energy efficiency to the development and branding of green products to corporate...

International Green Construction Code: Jumping the Gun and Veering off Track?

By Vicki R. Harding, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP As noted in a prior post , the final International Green Construction Code (IGCC) has been approved and is scheduled for publication in March 2012. The IGCC was developed by the International Code Council (ICC) - which issues model codes that are...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Study: Some LEED Requirements Could Pose Risks to Construction Workers

By Tammie C. Alexander A study by the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) has found that some of the requirements for LEED building certification may pose heightened risks to the safety of construction workers. The UCB analysis...

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...

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...

LEED Silver Requirement To Be Introduced in Montgomery County

By Erica A. Leatham and Raquel D. Montenegro Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner will introduce 13 legislative initiatives to increase the County's commitment, in the public and private sector, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. These initiatives are expected...

More Thoughts on “Green” (the Practice, not the Color) Building

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 construction (the USGBC is a private rating organization...

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...

Even with LEED, Clear Specifications and Proper Documentation are Necessary

A recent lawsuit filed in California over the proper documentation necessary for LEED certification ( discussed in detail at the Green Building Law Update ) emphasizes the fact that, no matter how detailed the LEED certification process seems to be, a mere reference to that process or a certain level...

Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

Recently, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “parallam” lawsuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Since that unpublished ruling on procedural grounds, much discussion has ensued. One particularly interesting...