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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Building Energy Audits and Benchmarking

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance , which requires owners of commercial buildings greater than 10,000 square feet to gather and publish...

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: 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...

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...

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...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Obama Administration Launches Better Buildings Challenge

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On June 30 th , the Department of Energy announced the Better Buildings Challenge , a public-private partnership that seeks to solicit large-scale commitments and provide financing and technical assistance for retrofitting...