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The Future of Green Building was On Display at Greenbuild

The USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, DC wrapped up last Friday and the question I have most been asked about Greenbuild is, “what was the highlight?” My response, Greenbuild is “the” target rich environment for green building people. The thousands of attendees represent more sustainability and green building business opportunities in … Continue Reading

Arbitration including Religious Arbitration in Green Building Contracts

There has been much recent discussion about mandatory arbitration since a series of New York Times articles earlier this month describing how, “.. clauses buried in tens of millions of contracts have deprived Americans of one of their most fundamental constitutional rights: their day in court.” The U.S Chamber of Commerce even responded, the “New … Continue Reading

WELL at the Intersection of Human Health and Green Building

“This could be bigger than anything in real estate since the invention of the roof,” according to Paul Scialla, the founder and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute. This “may be the most marketable proposition in real estate short of a front lawn overlooking the Fountain of Youth,” was how a recent Bloomberg Business … Continue Reading

Opportunities Shine in Community Solar

University Park Community Solar LLC, Maryland
People across the United States are seeking alternatives to conventional energy sources. Motivations vary from concerns over global warming to increasing energy independence, and hedging against rising fuel costs to because it is chic to be green. Advances in solar technology have made photovoltaics a much sought after energy alternative. But a 2008 study by … Continue Reading

Will Proposed Change to LEED 2009 Kill the Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs?

The U.S. Green Building Council is soliciting comments on its proposal to change the prerequisites of the current LEED 2009 rating system increasing the minimum energy performance thresholds. Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC CEO and founding chair, announced on October 29, 2014 that users will be able to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until … Continue Reading

FTC Warning about Green Certification Seals

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Three weeks ago the Federal Trade Commission sent warning letters to 5 providers of environmental certification seals and 32 businesses using those green seals, alerting them to the Agency’s concerns that the seals could be considered deceptive in violation of federal law. The FTC enforces the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. § 45, which … Continue Reading

Utility Incentives Tied to LEED are Growing Geometrically

Last week Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company announced rebates from $2,000 to $10,000 tied to achieving certain LEED credits. Electric utility based incentives that support energy efficiency, including LEED certification, are increasing in number across the U.S. at all but geometric rates, while at the same time new government incentives have … Continue Reading

Litigation over First LEED Platinum Building Comes to an End

It should give design professionals pause, now more than ever, that specifying new or untried materials and products (that are often the keystone of sustainable building) comes with unique risks; and in this case PolyClear 2000 was specified even before the emerging era of expanded liability arising from environmental product declarations and health product declarations.… Continue Reading

IgCC will now be Powered by ASHRAE 189.1

Last Friday, the International Code Council and ASHRAE announced that the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), .. scheduled to be released in 2018, .. will be powered by" ASHRAE Standard 189.1. .. Much of the early reaction has been nonplussed given that, today, there are only a handful of IgCC green buildings.… Continue Reading

Lawyers’ Opinion Matters in Green Building Transactions

This law firm is increasingly called upon to give legal opinions that a green building is LEED certified, certifiable or otherwise 'really' a green building. ... We also receive requests to give opinions of counsel that a project is ICC 700 'certifiable' or ASHRAE 189.1 compliant or complies with Enterprise Green Communities criteria; commonly associated with qualifying for governmental incentives. Committing that a project will be LEED certifiable versus certified by GBCI increases certainty and lowers risk.… Continue Reading

LEED Bird Collision Deterrence to be Required in Highland Park

Between 365 and 988 million birds are killed annually by window collisions in the U.S. It is suggested that green building programs, like LEED, encourage using natural light to reduce energy use and encourage green views resulting in the use of more glass. And windows are no friends to birds as we all know from the popular Windex television ad.… Continue Reading

What LEED Credit is Almost Never Achieved?

Surprising to some, there is one LEED credit that stands out, by far, as the least earned. .. Despite that the credit is almost never achieved, some have suggested it is important because materials credits play an ever increasing and controversial role in LEED v4.… Continue Reading

HUD Adopts 2009 IECC (Not the 2012 or 2015 version) and Why You Care

For all intents and purposes federally assisted housing must now be green. And while such is generally viewed as positive and as advancing green building (.. the big winner may be LEED), some worry about the implications for affordable housing and others about the homogenization of American housing by federal government efforts to save the planet.… Continue Reading

What LEED Statistics Tell Us?

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system dominates brand acceptance and market share in the business of green building and is a driver in the larger environmental industrial complex. So a review of LEED statistics can be telling, not only about the state of green building, but about trends and future opportunities.… Continue Reading
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