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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

Green Building Update -- May 17, 2013

Green Building Focus - GSA committee endorses LEED for GSA Buildings: USGBC Official Blog - May 3 The GSA's Green Building Advisory Committee officially recommended that the LEED system be used for all GSA buildings...more

Green Building Update -- May 30, 2013

Green Building Focus - 43% of Fortune 500 link exec. comp. to going green - Clean Techies Blog - May 30: Companies commonly base executive compensation on performance. Now, a growing number of businesses are...more

Commercial and Residential Developers, Builders and Landlords Face New Storm Water Regulations

On May 8, 2013, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit that will have far-reaching impacts on both new development projects and existing facilities...more

Green Building Update -- March 29, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - Father of LEED offers insight into rating system; AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica; Los Angeles to promote adoption of "cool roof" technology; PA bundles residential energy...more

Transbay Tower Groundbreaking [Video]

On March 27, 2013, Hines and Boston Properties closed on the $192M acquisition of a 50k SF land parcel at 101 First St., San Francisco, from Transbay Joint Powers Authority. Coming soon: the 60-story, 1.4M SF Transbay Transit...more

Smart Contracting For Green Design And Construction

Originally published in Green Building News, February 20, 2013. Successful green building requires more planning and, preferably, a greater degree of integration in overall project delivery, than building without green...more

BPU Continues to Evaluate Incentive Programs for Solar Projects on Landfills and Brownfields

On July 23, 2012, L. 2012, c. 24 (the “Solar Act”) was signed into law by Governor Christie. The Solar Act, among other things, requires the New Jersey Board of Utilities (“BPU”) in consultation with the New Jersey...more

Green Building Update -- January 17, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - LEED hotel brand undertakes $1B funding plan; Energy benchmarking - a $9 billion savings plan; Top honors for sustainable landscape design; World's greenest office building to open...more

Green Building Newsletter -- January 10, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - Can white roofs increase global warming?; Some older buildings greener than LEED-certified properties; Microsoft moves to LEED Gold-certified 11 Times Square; Green building...more

The Old Defeats the New (Usefulness of LEED?) (News Note)

Last week, I mentioned the renewal of the tax credits for wind energy. Another report which came across my desk recently is one from SustainableBusiness.com, in which it is reported that some (although certainly not all) of...more

Opportunities and Risks in Green Buildings -- Be careful not to overstate certifications and other environmental achievements

Adopting green business practices in a challenging economy may seem like a luxury, but some tactics, such as reducing a commercial building’s energy usage, actually can save money and make a business more competitive....more

Green Building Update -- October 9, 2012

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - Green building benefits 'need better documentation'; LEED rating system grows into global phenomenon; CBRE puts up $1M to fund green building research; AIA commits to develop public...more

Is CEQA "Fixed"- Do Infill CEQA Reforms Help Or Handicap Your Project?

California's Legislature passed the California Environmental Quality Act in 1970 (Pub. Res. Code § 21000 et seq.)("CEQA") to establish a process for lead agencies to analyze and mitigate potential environmental impacts...more

Green Building Update -- August 24, 2012

Green Building Focus -- London 2012: green building wins (and fails); Policymakers explore government's role in green building; State legislators celebrate green schools; New energy standards mean greener buildings; Colored...more

Green Building Update -- August 9, 2012

In This Issue: DOT: $787 million for transit includes "green" facilities; Green certification adds 9% to home sales prices in California; Tumult grows over LEED rating system update; NY passes property tax exemption for...more

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