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)”
Britain has a problem. Chances are, the problem that Britain is facing also affects many jurisdictions in the US. What is this problem? Energy modeling — the process of using sophisticated software to predict future building performance — isn’t as accurate as some industry professionals would like to believe. In other words, the supposed energy … Continue reading What happens when actual performance varies greatly from the energy model’s predictions?
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”
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”
Last September, I shared an in-depth case study on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Phillip Merrill Center called, The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read. Summary: One of the world’s greenest buildings according to the USGBC was constructed with improperly sealed engineered wood components, leading to water intrusion that compromised the structural integrity … Continue reading This just in: Chesapeake Bay Foundation lawsuit over defective “green” building will go forward
Douglas Reiser, of Reiser Legal, a Washington state construction law firm, recently published some information pertaining to new legal agreements issued by the USGBC. After briefly reviewing the documents he noted some stand-out changes:
Sustainable or ?green? construction is here to stay. Future energy requirements, environmental issues, and government mandates either require or will soon require that construction professionals and their attorneys deal with a brave new world of bu… Continue reading LEED: Overview and Issues for Legal Professionals By Christopher Hill, Esq.
The award-winning actor and director Robert Redford has long used his star power to champion environmental, social, and artistic causes. Roughly 40 years ago, he purchased a tract of land Utah?s Wasatch Mountains that would evolve into the 5,000-a… Continue reading Architectural Record: Robert Redford Teams Up With USGBC for Green Schools Summit
Image by suttonhoo via Flickr I first learned about this lawsuit from Arent Fox lawyer, Stephen Del Percio, Continue reading USGBC and LEED Certification in the Crosshairs of a Class Action Lawsuit
I have a tiny, very old iPod that I choose to fill with songs ? often very long songs by artists specializing in those ? instead of podcasts. I live in New York City and thus never drive anywhere. I listen to music in the morning (shorter songs, g… Continue reading Your Parents Now Know What Green Building Is: About That LEED Feature On NPR?s All Things Considered