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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...

Upcoming Municipal Green Construction Code

By Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, Principal, Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC The International Code Council (ICC) is in the process of rolling out final standards for Green Construction, called International Green Construction Codes (IgCC), in March 2012 ( www.iccsafe.org/cs/IGCC )....

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...

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...

Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix

Way back in 2009, I discussed the interaction between taller and taller buildings and sustainable ("green") building . Back then, the reference was to the construction of skyscrapers in the Middle East and Europe. The initially referenced ENR article was written in the context of an urban retrofit...

DC Considers Net Zero Building Report

By E. Lynn Grayson . The District of Columbia (DC) is one of the greenest areas with a number of requirements in place for energy conservation and greener new construction. A new report shows that DC is considering even more aggressive green initiatives than those already on the books. According...