Tag Archives: LEED

Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Business

Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans will be "the" target rich environment for green building people this year. And for those who will complain that this blog post is shameless promotion of USGBC, that might be true, but it is also correct that Greenbuild has been the number one source of new business for my green building law firm!… Continue Reading

Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building

Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building. Despite that the unpublished opinion is not binding precedent, it will have a chilling effect on green building and in particular on the selection of new or untried materials and products that are the keystone of many sustainable projects.… Continue Reading

Lawyers’ Opinions in Green Building Transactions

One might ask why they need an opinion from a lawyer that their building is green? The best response is because in many instances their lender requires it. While legal opinions are given in a variety of commercial contexts, they are increasingly being required as part of the due diligence by lenders when making loans secured by (i.e., a mortgage) a green building.… Continue Reading

Revocation of LEED Certification

The Certification Challenge Policy is in place to protect the integrity of the LEED certification program. A challenge seeking to revoke LEED certification may be initiated by GBCI or any third party within 18 months of a project's certification ..… Continue Reading

LEED v4 has a New and Improved Registration Contract

As a sustainability and green building attorney my personal favorite provision in the new LEED v4 Certification Agreement is the very first sentence that includes the warning, "YOU REPRESENT THAT YOU HAVE CONSULTED WITH AN ATTORNEY ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS HEREUNDER". You may give me a call at any time.… Continue Reading

The Single Most Significant Change in LEED

There is a single change to LEED in v4 that is the most significant, bar none. The change is buried deep within the LEED Operations and Maintenance Existing Buildings program and is not even in the printed reference guide. The quick explanation is the change is an alternative method of satisfying the prerequisite that an existing building achieve an Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool energy performance rating of at least 75.… Continue Reading

Model Sustainability and Green Building Initiatives for a More Verdant City and Town

A package of local government bills introduced on January 29th aim to ensure that Montgomery County, Maryland remains at the sustainability forefront. The legislation is a model for local government environmental and energy initiatives and we provide a link to each bill with the thought that these may inspire other cities and counties,… Continue Reading

If Green Building is Going to Save the Planet it Will Have to Include Green Roads

There are 3,980,817 miles of roads in the United States. Roads are the largest built structures we come into contact with and yet they are so ubiquitous and familiar that they have become an impervious given, the dark matter of the motor vehicle cosmos. If green building is going to save the planet it will have to include green roads.… Continue Reading

1,500th Envision Sustainability Professional Credentialed

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure announced that earlier this week it reached the milestone of 1,500 Envision Sustainability Professionals who have been credentialed in the use of the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. Envision is a voluntary third party sustainable development rating system for all types and sizes of infrastructure projects, as opposed to buildings (.. yes, something like LEED for roads and bridges).… Continue Reading
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