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.

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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 (. Greenbuild 2018 in Chicago will be “the” target rich environment for green people this year.

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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.

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

Green Building Law Update

Other green building programs have similar targets. Have the green building programs not taken into account science in the area of water quality in the quest to reduce the quantity of water used? And you might want to test the water in your green building for lead.

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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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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.

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Saint Paul Green With Envy

Green Building Law Update

When the Saint Paul City Council votes this Wednesday on Ordinance 17-60 it should amend the legislation to not delete, from the existing law, Green Globes as one of the approved green building standards. Silver or Green Globes 2 globes or State Guidelines Building Benchmarking and Beyond (B3) or Saint Paul Port Authority Green Design Review.”. Over 100 localities and 23 states currently accept Green Globes for green building projects.

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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. Green Building Council, was also a co-originator of Phase I ASTM standard.

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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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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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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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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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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. This is believed to be the first successful voter initiative petitioning a green roof mandate to voter ballot.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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Refocus the EPA through the Lens of Green Building

Green Building Law Update

In a time of changing national environmental agendas, including the Trump Pence Transition Team announced plan “to refocus the EPA” it is an ideal moment to articulate how green building is “the” ideal means of voluntarily mitigating the negative impacts that human activity has on the planet.

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5 Green Construction Practices that are becoming Standard Commercial Construction Procedures

Commercial Construction

Anyone in the commercial construction industry knows there are a variety of certifications and designations that individuals, companies and projects can achieve to show they follow a high level of green commercial construction practices.

Prospering thru Green Building in a Changing Environment

Green Building Law Update

I spoke to a gathering of construction industry attorneys the other day about that t he changing environment of Federal government regulation portends huge business opportunities for green building. More correctly, as stated below, green building can save mankind and our current way of life.

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? ”. Reviewing and approving quotes in draft third party journal article on defects in green building contracts.

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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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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.

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Deadline to Propose Changes to National Green Building Standard

Green Building Law Update

Development of the 2018 version of the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is now underway. Participating in this development process is hugely significant because as of this date there are 98,120 NGBS Green Certified Homes!

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Waterproofing for a green roof

GCP Applied Technologies

Waterproofing for a green roof. Studies abound that green roofs reduce the effects of urban heat islands. Green roofs provide shade, comfort and a place to enjoy the greenery in an otherwise concrete jungle. The answer to "Why a green roof?" Phillip.fry@gc….

Guinness Goes Green

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It’s always nice to see businesses taking steps to go green. They also added facilities for cyclists and low-fuel/fuel-efficient vehicles, and have a carpooling scheme, which are all aimed at encouraging green commuting.

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The Second Best Way to Mitigate Your Risk in Green Building

Green Building Law Update

The best way to mitigate risk in your green building project are properly drafted contract documents prepared by this law firm or by another attorney with green building experience. All of this works to allocate the legal risks of the green building project.

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Now is the Time to Revise your Green Building Contracts

Green Building Law Update

These two dramatic changes to LEED have very real potential for increasing risk in green building, but updates are also underway to Green Globes and ASHRAE 189.1 as well as to a host of green codes. Today is the day to revise your contracts for sustainable projects. With the U.S.

Lawyers’ Opinion Matters in Green Building Transactions

Green Building Law Update

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. One might ask why the need for an opinion from a lawyer that a building is green?

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European Data Privacy Law Applicable to Green Buildings

Green Building Law Update

With the upcoming May 25, 2018 effective date for the new European General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union law drafted to provide greater protections for the personal data of individuals, it is a good time to review and consider the large quantity of data generated by green buildings. And among our most read blog posts last years was, Green Building Data has Enormous Economic Upside.

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Green Tech Solution Investing $75M In South Carolina

Business Facilities Blog

Read: Green Tech Solution Investing $75M In South Carolina at BusinessFacilities.com. Capital Investment Daily News Energy (Renewable/Alternative/Green) Featured Foreign Direct Investment Manufacturing South Carolina Blacksburg Cherokee County Green Tech Solution Inc South Carolina Department of CommerceThe new recycling plant will create approximately 200 jobs in Cherokee County, SC. .

Attend Greenbuild – The Best Way To Grow Your Green Building Business

Green Building Law Update

I am often asked, “ how can I expand my green building business? ” I do not claim any particular business marketing prowess, but Greenbuild has been the number one source of new clients for my sustainability and green building law practice!

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50 Shades of Green in Montgomery County

Green Building Law Update

Green building will remain mandatory for new construction in Montgomery County, Maryland and effective December 1, 2017, the International Green Construction Code 2012 will be a permitted alternative. Observers note, if the green luster is off of LEED there, it will spread elsewhere.

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Orientation of Green Office Buildings for Efficiency and Functionality

The Constructor

The orientation of green buildings for efficiency and functionality is considered during construction. Read More at Orientation of Green Office. Building Technology and Construction Guide Buildings Green Buildings

Lawyers' Opinion Matters in Green Building Transactions

Green Building Law Update

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. One might ask why the need for an opinion from a lawyer that a building is green?

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Alpla Expanding Bowling Green Plant, Creating 24 Jobs

Business Facilities Blog

The Austrian plastic manufacturer will invest nearly $7 million in a 100,000-square-foot expansion of its Bowling Green warehousing facility. . Read: Alpla Expanding Bowling Green Plant, Creating 24 Jobs at BusinessFacilities.com.

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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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You Should Comment on the Revised Green Globes Standard

Green Building Law Update

Last Friday was the beginning of the public comment period on the Green Building Initiative’s revision to its ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings that forms the basis for the current version of Green Globes for New Construction.

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Supreme Court Decision is Good for Green Globes

Green Building Law Update

United States , is a win for small businesses and very good for those that work on Green Globes projects. Among the significant beneficiaries of this Supreme Court decision will be the many small businesses involved with Green Globes green building assessment and certification system.

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