Research shows clear correlation between green buildings and occupant health

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”

What is an Environmental Product Declaration and how does it impact standard of care in the built environment?

As many people know, LEED v4 took a lot longer to be finalized than originally anticipated—largely due to political struggles involving key stakeholders and certain large enterprises. As many of my friends and colleagues know, I despise politics. Therefore, rather than get into all the muck, let’s dig into one of the more controversial subjects … Continue reading What is an Environmental Product Declaration and how does it impact standard of care in the built environment?

Conch Republic Goes Green! Key West now requires 3rd party green building certification

According to Stuart Kaplow of Green Building Law Update, the City Commission of Key West, Florida now requires third party green building certification for all new residential projects. Acceptable standards: USGBC LEED for Home Certified Florida Green Building Coalition Bronze level certification In Key West, residential development is strictly limited to correspond to the evacuation … Continue reading Conch Republic Goes Green! Key West now requires 3rd party green building certification

The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read

A non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of Chesapeake Bay, commissioned a breath-taking facility that would eventually become the first LEED Platinum building in the world. Improperly protected engineered wood components led to water intrusion and compromised structural integrity. The building cost $7-million to build. The estimated cost of repair, according to a … Continue reading The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read

Lots Happening in San Diego This Week For Construction and Legal Professionals

For the week of September 9th, 2013, there are some important events that professionals in the construction and legal industries should be aware of. Zero Energy Zero Water Building Conference My colleagues and co-conspirators at the San Diego Green Building Council will be putting on a really cool mini-conference focusing on how Net Zero Energy/Water … Continue reading Lots Happening in San Diego This Week For Construction and Legal Professionals

Risk Management for LEED Construction Projects

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