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Green Certification: obtaining green certification for existing buildings in VA

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its preliminary results for the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). According to the CBECS, the United States currently has 87...more

Energy Efficient Buildings: It’s the Law (and a Good Idea Too)

Energy efficiency and sustainable building development and management are no longer viewed as a novel but impractical concept, or something only environmentalists long for. Improving existing buildings and constructing new...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

Are you a developer or landlord of commercial or residential multi-let premises? Are those premises supplied with heat by either a communal heating system or a district heating system?...more

Federal offshore wind auction held for sites off Massachusetts

Federal ocean energy managers have concluded an auction to lease over 350,000 acres off the Massachusetts coast to prepare for offshore wind development. Of the four parcels up for bid in today's auction, one was...more

How Energy Can Play a Role in City-Building and Urban Revitalization

Recently, I came across this article about city-building. It’s a powerful piece about how the “built environment” of a city integrally relates to the success of that city. The author, Carol Coletta of the Knight Foundation,...more

Arlington’s New LEED Standards

On November 15th, the County Board of Arlington County voted 4-1 to adopt a revised incentives policy for its green building standards. While technically a “voluntary” component of 4.1 Site Plan applications, the County has...more

House Approves Energy Tax Extenders

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives (House) overwhelming approved a $42 billion tax extenders bill. The bill, H.R. 5771, includes extensions of nearly $10 billion in energy tax incentives through the end of 2014. ...more

DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards

The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards...more

Property Owners' Alert: Newly Effective Statutory Requirements for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures

The real estate industry and the media recently have been focused on the updates to the Title 24 energy regulations (24 California Code of Regulations, Part 5) that became effective on July 1, 2014, and the increased costs in...more

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private...

Four bills affecting infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism for infrastructure and development projects that benefit the broader community, were recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. IFDs, created in 1990,...more

Does The EPA Have A Thing Against Building Energy Codes?

What if there was a technology that had a 20 year track record of saving 4.8 quads of energy and 41 million tons of carbon, while saving consumers more than $44 billion over the past 20 years, and was anticipated to save...more

2014 Legislative Update: Environment, Growth Management and Water

CS/CS/CS/HB 325 amends statutory provisions relating to the brownfield program and modifies the procedures for establishing a brownfield area. The bill also authorizes the local government designating a brownfield area to use...more

You Decide: Green Globes v. LEED

The U.S. General Services Administration recently added Green Globes as an additional third-party green building certification system for federal government construction projects. With this addition, many are now asking about...more

2014 Maryland General Assembly Passes Bills Affecting Construction Industry

A number of bills were passed during the Maryland General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session that will impact certain sectors of the construction industry. Ober|Kaler has put together brief summaries of certain key...more

California Encourages Building Efficiency by Implementing Energy Benchmarking Legislation

After a series of delays, California has implemented new energy disclosure legislation requiring nonresidential building owners to disclose energy information to parties to transactions as well as to the California Energy...more

City Fails to Adequately Mitigate "Urban Decay" and Energy Impacts of Big Box Retail Project

In the latest decision addressing challenges to "big box" projects under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), on February 28, 2014, the California Court of Appeal invalidated the approval of a retail project in...more

California’s New Building Energy Efficiency Standards to Go Into Effect July 1, 2014

California builders should be aware of a new set of energy efficiency standards set to go into effect on July 1, 2014. The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) were promulgated in 1977 to...more

Construction and Land Use Newsletter - March 2014

Please see full newsletter below for more information. - Lorton Landfill Dispute Nearing Board of Supervisors’ Review - I Know My (Vested) Rights! Developing a Project in a Changing Climate - Excerpt from...more

House Passes Energy Efficiency Bill

On March 5, 2014, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2126, the “Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014.” The bill was co-sponsored by Representatives David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The bill...more

California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Delayed to July 1, 2014

The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) has issued an Industry Bulletin providing further information regarding the delayed implementation of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards which has been...more

Changes To California Title 24 Energy Use Requirements Effective July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, 2013 CALGreen, Part 11, Title 24, of the California Code of Regulations will go into effect. As a result, certain nonresidential additions and alterations will trigger compliance with more stringent...more

Proposed Amendments to VSMP Regulations Would Move Goal Posts

The State Water Control Board recently issued a Public Notice concerning proposed amendments to the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations, 9 VAC 25-870, et seq. (the “Regulations”), and indicated it will consider those...more

Next Application Period Approaches for New Jersey Solar Applications

On October 15, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the Board) will begin accepting applications for solar projects under Subsection (q) of the New Jersey Solar Act (the Act). See N.J.S.A. 48:3-87(q). ...more

Index Of Sustainable Development Provisions In Florida Municipal Codes

This index contains excerpts from Florida municipal codes that address sustainable development through green building, low impact development, and renewable energy, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. ...more

C-20 and C-21 Contractors – New Regulations for Disposal of Mercury Thermostats Take Effect July 1, 2013

January is traditionally the month when new laws and regulations are implemented with July, the closest mid-point CSLB logoin the year, following a distant second. This July though seems particularly busy with new ADA...more

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