Stuart Kaplow is still, in my humble opinion, one of the true thought leaders on the topic of green building legal issues. A recent post of his at Green Building Law Update sets out to answer the question of why there is so little litigation in green building. Continue reading “Why haven’t there been more green building lawsuits? (Hint: Mandatory Arbitration)”
Adele Peters, writing for Fast Company: At a construction site on Google’s new Bay View campus–a few miles from its headquarters in Mountain View, on NASA-owned land near the San Francisco Bay–cranes lift tubing high in the air and drop it into holes that descend 80 feet into the ground. It’s a step that will … Continue reading Google bets on massive heat pump system in pursuit of LEED Platinum at new campus
Besides aesthetic considerations, maintaining a clean facility has numerous benefits including prolonged useful life of building components, improved indoor environmental quality, reduced exposure to pathogens, and it can even mean improved efficiency lowering energy costs. So it should come as no surprise that “green cleaning” practices are integral to more sustainable operations and maintenance of various buildings. Continue reading “IFMA releases Green Cleaning guide for facilities management professionals”
For some, green building and sustainability are aspirational goals. For those of us that have been working in sustainability on a professional level, we are always on the lookout for the next evolution in third party standards and certification to take our projects to the next level. Beyond “net zero” energy and water — in … Continue reading Third-Party Regenerative Building Certification would kick Sustainability up a notch
Stephen Manlove is managing principal for the Washington, DC office of the award-winning HDR Architecture group. Their new office building, located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, VA, was just awarded LEED Platinum certification under USGBC’s LEED for Interiors, under version 2009 of the program.
Such a pursuit is not for the faint of heart. Manlove wrote a great piece for the HDR blog that tells the story called, Our Journey to Platinum and How it has Shaped Who We Are. So, why did HDR go to such great lengths for their new facility? Continue reading “Why HDR pursued and achieved LEED Platinum for their new Virginia facility”
Green buildings do in fact have a measurable impact on both occupant health, as well as quality of life measures such as sleep. Damian Carrington, writing for The Guardian reports on a recent study supported by a gift from United Technologies to the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: Continue reading “Research shows clear correlation between green buildings and occupant health”
The next version of LEED, currently referred to as “LEED v4,” has been adopted by the members of the United States Green Building Council. It only took three years, six public comment periods and a whole lot of controversy, but the new standard was approved by 86% of the voting body. The new version of … Continue reading Controversial LEED v4 Officially Adopted By USGBC Members
Peter Kenter published an informative article at Canada’s Daily Commercial News and Construction Record entitled, Legal tips for construction firms pursuing LEED: “We haven’t seen a lot of cases involving LEED-igation or sustainable building projects, but we know they’re coming,” says Danielle Stone, an associate with Blaney McMurtry LLP and a member of the firm’s … Continue reading Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects
Joanne Wojcik recently wrote an article for Business Insurance about the increased exposure associated with green building projects. In particular the article focuses on guarantees associated with LEED certification, a situation that may be difficult t… Continue reading Guidance For Green Building Professionals For Reducing Risk
Green building legal expert, Shari Shapiro, fires a shot across the bow of those claiming LEED is a fraud:
If developers were really experiencing energy performance vastly out of proportion to their expectations, wouldn't there be suits by dev… Continue reading Shari Shapiro: If LEED Is A Fraud, Why Aren’t Developers Suing?