Monthly Archives: August 2008

Green Bond Coming to a City Near You…

In a previous post, GBLU referenced problems with a green building performance bond requirement in Washington D.C.’s Green Building Act.  So what are the apparent problems with this green performance bond?  On August 13, 2007,  the Surety and Fidelity Association of America and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers detailed the problems with the … Continue Reading

D.C. Provides Green Roof Subsidy

As part of GBLU’s monitoring of green building regulations and codes, GBLU will provide timely information regarding government green building programs that may be of interest to you.  Below is information about a Green Roof subsidy being offered by the Government of the District of Columbia, District Department of the Environment.  Please note, applications are … Continue Reading

Chinese City Goes for Carbon Emissions Gold

As most individuals involved with green building probably know, green building is just one strategy to combat the overall global warming and carbon emissions issue.  Green building strategies, it is believed, reduce CO2 emissions, thus helping combat global warming. Numerous cities, states, entities and individuals have pledged to become carbon neutral.  A pledge of carbon … Continue Reading

Aspen Codes Ahead of the Green Building Curve

As green building becomes more popular, new green building regulations continue to pop up in U.S. cities.  The Aspen Daily News recently highlighted proposed changes to the Aspen Commercial Building Codes that will incorporate very progressive green building strategies.  Among the green building strategies, the proposed codes will “require either a photovoltaic solar panel system [solar … Continue Reading

Welcome to Green Building Law Update

It has been a long time coming, but Green Building Law Update (“GBLU”) is finally launching today.  GBLU is a legal blog dedicated to monitoring green building trends, regulations and codes, and potential disputes and litigation.  Green Building Law Update is based on the premise that new and unique legal issues will arise as green … Continue Reading

Litigation Involving “Green” Nationals Stadium

    Did you know the Washington Nationals stadium is the first LEED certified stadium built in the United States?  An interactive USA today article highlights some of the green building practices that helped the stadium obtain certification.  Among the green building practices incorporated into the stadium are green roofs, air cooled chillers and low flow … Continue Reading

A Midsummer Night’s Green

On August 7, I had the pleasure of attending the USGBC National Captial Region’s annual event, a Midsummer Night’s Green.  This year, the event was held in the stunning World Bank Atrium.  Tyler Coffey of Sigal Construction did a great job choosing the venue and organizing the event.  Bisnow on Business has a good summary of … Continue Reading

A Green Building Performance Bond

    When people ask me about green building lawsuits and legal issues, I usually start with Washington D.C.’s Green Building Act of 2006.         The Green Building Act is a very progressive Act that requires both that private and public projects comply with specific green measures.  I have written more extensively about the Act … Continue Reading

400% Increase in County Green Building Programs

    Green building is growing in popularity at a rapid pace.  One reason for the increased popularity are states, cities and towns that have passed laws, regulations and ordinances mandating green building.  These green building laws, regulations and ordinances will also result in an increase in green building litigation.      Want  evidence of the popularity … Continue Reading

Green Building Law is coming…

    During a recent Green Building Institute Webinar, I had the pleasure of hearing Dan Murphy, Senior Vice President of Environmental Systems Design, speak about potential liability resulting from green building projects.  Dan poignantly stated what I have been thinking for awhile: "There has been no significant green building litigation, yet.  I emphasize the word … Continue Reading