More Than Green Buildings, Green Roads

Green Building Law Update

If green building is going to repair the planet it will have to include green roads. But when modern American society thinks about green building, those thoughts are almost universally of buildings and not of infrastructure like roads and bridges.

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Growing Green Energy

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Investments in renewable energy are driving job growth and site selection decisions across the nation.

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New Green Building Tax Credit is a Progressive Effort

Green Building Law Update

This new property tax credit should be viewed against that backdrop, but moreover that the County is on the cusp of being the first to adopt the 2018 International Green Construction Code , as a mandatory code (including that LEED will no longer satisfy the County’s green building mandate).

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Green Globes 01-201X about to be Green Lighted

Green Building Law Update

There is an electric charge running through the green building industrial complex with the announcement last week that “Green Building Initiative Launches New Green Globes Pilot Program.” The real news behind that headline causing great enthusiasm is that after a 3 year process, the Green Building Initiative is nearing the end and a completely revised “Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings” will be available in 2018. green building sector.

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Green Globes to be Approved in Maryland

Green Building Law Update

Last week the Maryland Green Building Council voted unanimously to recommend that Green Globes, at the two Green Globes level, be approved by the Maryland Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services as a “high performance building” as defined in Maryland law. The vote is being widely heralded as a significant step forward in expanding green building in the State and across the country. There are already 48 Green Globes certified buildings in Maryland.

Arc is Electrifying Green Building

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Council and its sister organization, the Green Business Certification, Inc. Previously, Scot was the chief product officer at the USGBC where he oversaw LEED, so he is uniquely qualified to explain Arc’s place in the cacophony of green building standards, codes and ratings systems including its space in the orbit of LEED. New construction of green buildings cannot save the planet when less than 170,000 new commercial buildings were constructed in the U.S.

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Cannabis Retail Construction: How to Navigate the Green Rush

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The post Cannabis Retail Construction: How to Navigate the Green Rush first appeared on Hard Hat Chat.

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Green Globes New Multifamily Rating Systems Respond to the Market

Green Building Law Update

On July 11 the Green Building Initiative launched the Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction and Green Globes Multifamily for Existing Buildings. Much of that market opportunity is driven by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac green financing programs. For example, the Fannie Mae Green Rewards program can be ideal for existing property owners at time of refinancing or of purchase of an existing property.

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Maryland Reverting to Certifiable In Lieu of Certified Green Building

Green Building Law Update

In response to an act of the Maryland legislature in 2018, the state is proposing a watershed revamp of its current mandatory green building requirements for new public school buildings. Existing State Finance and Procurement Section 4-809(f) was amended adding new section (6), providing in relevant part, the Maryland Green Building Council shall: (6) Develop guidelines for new public school buildings to achieve the equivalent of the current version of. Green Globes Two Globes.

Massachusetts Ranked Tops For LEED Green Building

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2020 revealed the importance of healthy, green buildings in supporting people and communities, according USGBC's Top 10 States for LEED Green Building. Read: Massachusetts Ranked Tops For LEED Green Building at BusinessFacilities.com.

Top 5 Green Building Certifications

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Green building rating or green certification are systems used to assess and recognize buildings that meet the green requirements and standards.

Green Building Transactional Due Diligence

Green Building Law Update

As ever larger numbers of green buildings are bought and sold, due diligence related to the green features of commercial buildings takes on an increasing importance. If there is a single issue that arises most often as a surprise, although admittedly it is of only modest dollar impact, if at all, new owners have not been pleased to be learn after the fact that a multi year commitment to purchase green power was a credit achieved for LEED certification.

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Maryland Expanding Green Building Thru Government Leases

Green Building Law Update

The Maryland Green Building Council recommended a broad and deep expansion of green building leasing by state government and the Maryland Department of General Services has agreed to enlarge what is a “high performance building” for the purposes of state government leasing. The regulatory change is being widely heralded as a dramatic step forward in expanding green building in the State and across the country, not only because of its efficacy (i.e.,

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Green Building that Cleans the Air

Green Building Law Update

Today’s green building standards, rating systems and codes are stale, largely based in decades old science and do not go far enough to be efficacious for most business to invest in. But the green building industrial complex is missing that green building can be the solution to many of the environmental impacts arising from human activity and at the same time make a business case that green building can be profitable.

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GBI Acquires Green Globes Expanding Sustainability

Green Building Law Update

Last week Green Building Initiative announced that it had completed the bold and innovative acquisition of Green Globes from JLL and I had an opportunity to speak with Vicki Worden, President and CEO of GBI and Bob Best, Executive Vice President of JLL. In 2008, JLL, a Fortune 500 company with more than $50 billion of real estate under asset management, purchased ECD, a Canadian sustainability consulting organization that had developed Green Globes.

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GREEN Facilities Management and Procurement Practices

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Learn more… The post GREEN Facilities Management and Procurement Practices appeared first on 4BT. GREEN Facilities Management and Procurement Practices GREEN Procurement

The New and Improved 2020 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

Green Building Law Update

The 2020 version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is now available for free download and public use. You care about this because the NGBS is the most used green building standard in the United States.

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Why are green buildings important?

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The increasing focus on green buildings is one of many areas where society is moving in the right direction, making whole-life sustainable buildings the only environmentally justifiable option for future construction projects. Demonstrating green credentials.

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Greenbuild – The Target Rich Environment for Green People

Green Building Law Update

I am often asked, “how can I expand my green building business?” But Greenbuild has been a prime source of new clients for my sustainability and green building law practice (. Green Building Council “Green Building Conference” (yes, pre Greenbuild) held in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 1994 had only 450 people in attendance. Greenbuild 2018 in Chicago will be “the” target rich environment for green people this year.

Less than 20% of Green Building Contracts Properly Drafted

Green Building Law Update

BuildingGreen will be hosting a series if meetups at their booth at this is a chance to meet and hangout with other green people. In a recent review of contracts involving green building construction projects, less than 20% had properly drafted provisions addressing green building matters. 100 contracts involving green building construction projects were reviewed. 1% were pursuing Green Globes. Only 1% used the ConsensusDOCS Green Building Addendum.

Denver Voters Petition Green Roof Mandate to the Ballot

Green Building Law Update

The Denver Elections Commission has announced that the Denver Green Roof Initiative, a mandatory green roof ballot initiative will appear on the November 7 ballot. For existing buildings without sufficient loading capacity for a green roof, there will be an exemption process that will encourage implementation of a smaller green roof or some combination with solar panels. to mandate green roofs or solar panels on new buildings as of January 1, 2017.

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You Need a Green Building Consultant (Who Speaks for the Trees)

Green Building Law Update

We are often asked “what is the best way to assure success in a green building project?”. Whether that query is from a Fortune 1000 businesses or an architect, the answer is the same, have the owner engage an experienced green building consultant as early as possible in the project. My go to move is to recommend Lorax Partnerships based in Baltimore who are among the best of green building consultants we work with.

Suing But Not Because it was Not a Green Building

Green Building Law Update

With the maturation of the green building industrial complex it has become clear there is no more or additional liability associated with constructing a green building versus a similar non green structure. But, the claims that have resulted in much of the recent litigation involving green building projects are different from those in other construction disputes. As with the vast majority of claims involving a green building that this law firm reviews (.

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15 Cities, Counties Join Green Buildings Leadership Program

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In partnership with Bank of America, USGBC LEED for Cities certification has provided over $2 million to accelerate action on climate change, resilience, and social equity.

2018 will be a Year for New Green Building Standards, Codes and Rating Systems

Green Building Law Update

2018 will be a watershed year in the course of green building standards, codes and rating systems. IgCC, ICC 700, Green Globes and. True believers seek to design to a reality that green building, at its foundation, is fundamentally human; that engineering is second rate without aesthetics in the building architecture; and, that buildings work best when the people who will occupy the space have the most contact possible with those who will erect it. Green Building ASHRAE 189.1

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Green Bay Packaging To Build New “Super Plant” In Texas

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Green Bay Packaging's 600,000-square-foot corrugator plant will replace a smaller existing plant in Fort Worth, TX. The post Green Bay Packaging To Build New “Super Plant” In Texas appeared first on Business Facilities Magazine.

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Is There Lead in the Drinking Water of Your Green School?

Green Building Law Update

Other green building programs have similar targets. But a flaw in the Maryland and New York testing protocol is that they are starting with older schools, under the mistaken impression that aged pipes in pre 1988 schools are the key problem; when in fact newer green schools with water reduction features can have water age issues that results in lead in drinking water. And you might want to test the water in your green building for lead.

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Green Building Codes Not Eligible for Copyright Protection

Green Building Law Update

Ruling that “the law,” whether by statute, ordinance, regulations, or code, and even when its source is a judicial opinion, is not subject to federal copyright law, has broad implications, particularly for green building. Green Building Council indisputably holds a copyright in its LEED rating systems. Moreover, existing only as a creature of standards, rating systems and codes, green building is particularly vulnerable to this decision.

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ESG, including Advantaged by Green Building, Requires Risk Oversight

Green Building Law Update

Some group of investors considering ESG factors will certainly not invest in fossil fuel companies, but there are industries that are more ESG friendly than others, like green building. Third party certified green building has been a low hanging fruit ESG corporate practice approved by many boards of directors. Environmental Green Building Sustainability environmental social and governance ESG green building law intangible investment valuation Kaplow Stuart Kaplow

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Green Building Data Risk as an Opportunity

Green Building Law Update

Green buildings generate large quantities of data. In an age when many have opinions about Edward Snowden’s disclosures, foreign state sponsored hacking, and Uber’s massive customer data hack, most people have not considered matters of data protection from their real estate, green building or otherwise. So there are implications for owners and operators of green buildings.

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Is there Lead in the Water of your Green Building?

Green Building Law Update

But the broad growth of green buildings, including green schools, that include water conservation strategies has the potential to negatively impact the quality of drinking water in those green building plumbing systems. But the consequences of that reduced water have lead to concerns across the country including in green schools from the West coast to the East coast. a residual level of chlorine) was generally not maintained in the plumbing of the green buildings.

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Green Cement: Definition, Types, Advantages, and Applications

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Green cement is an environmentally friendly product that minimizes carbon footprint of cement production. Cement Concrete Technology construction Materials Eco-friendly construction material Eco-friendly material green cement Green Concrete

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Illinois Led U.S. Green Building Council’s Top 10 States For LEED In 2021

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Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED in 2021, demonstrating leadership in green building. Green Building Council’s Top 10 States For LEED In 2021 appeared first on Business Facilities Magazine. Illinois once again topped the U.S.

Brownfield Laws can Save Green Building and the Planet

Green Building Law Update

So, why then on the 20 th anniversary of many state brownfield programs, is there so little correlation between green buildings and brownfields? As green building programs look to be relevant in an era of diminishing market share, the next versions of those rating systems, standards and codes would do well to accentuate and a make a priority of giving credit for brownfield program participation. It is widely accepted that the greenest building is one already built.

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USGBC Certifying Green Parking Garages Déjà Vu

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Council announced that its certification body, the Green Business Certification Inc. will now administer the Green Garage Certification Program with its acquisition of the Green Parking Council. Green Garage Certification will go a long way toward resolving the debate of whether off street parking can be sustainable. green bond funding for a parking garage). Green Garage Certification is not LEED certification, but it is a very good thing.

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Dunkin' Donuts Green is a Hot Trend in Green Building

Green Building Law Update

DD Green is a green building certification program that will assist franchisees build sustainable, energy efficient restaurants. To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, a franchisee will follow a five stage program during the planning, design and construction of a store. The five stages of the DD Green program include Site Development, Store Efficiency, Healthy Indoors, Sustainable Operations and Innovation and Community.

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A Day in the Life of a Green Building Attorney

Green Building Law Update

But rather, this responds to a question I was recently asked when speaking at a law school forum on innovation in the law, “ what does a green building attorney do? ”. My practice is almost exclusively sustainability including green building law, so a good response may be to look at a typical day. Reviewing and approving quotes in draft third party journal article on defects in green building contracts.

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Greenbuild – The Target Rich Environment for Green People

Green Building Law Update

I am often asked, “how can I expand my green building business?” Greenbuild has become much more than only “green building” as sustainability has become woven into the fabric of business, the conference has evolved into the watering hole for leaders across the entire environmental industrial complex. But Greenbuild has been a prime source of new clients for my environmental law practice focusing on sustainability and green building law practice (.

A Guide To Green Roof Construction and Functions

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One of the many … A Guide To Green Roof Construction and Functions Read More ». House Construction Tips Civil Engineering Green Roof Green Roof Construction Green Roof Irrigation & DrainageGreen Roof Irrigation & Drainage Making a Green Roofv What is green roof

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Miami Beach’s New Green Building Tax

Green Building Law Update

A builder has up to two years to obtain a full or partial refund of the fee depending on the level of green building certification achieved. Beyond that this enactment is nothing more than a green building impact fee in an effort to create a new source for revenue for government capital projects, many believe that a voluntary, non mandatory approach to environmental protection is the best hope for stewardship of our planet; hence the broad brand and wide market share acceptance of LEED.

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