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Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Featured at Cleantech Focus Chicago

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant On 22 July 2010 Senate majority leader Harry Reid conceded that there would be no comprehensive legislation this year to address climate change. Withdrawal of the Kerry-Lieberman Bill leaves the way open for legislation to address the...

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: 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...