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Cities Alive: The Future of Green Infrastructure

If you follow the construction industry you know that green is the new gold. As well as LEED bronze, silver and platinum. Green building, which not long ago conjured images of hippie architects and wealthy eccentrics,...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

EPA Approves the New Phase I Standard

Many in the construction industry are familiar with Phase I testing as the first step in identifying environmental risk to any site. Since 2005, the industry standard for a Phase I has been the ASTM E 1527-05. Recently,...more

Green Law Corner: What LEED v4 Means for You

In late 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released its latest version of LEED, Version 4. Most of you have certainly heard of LEED but you may not know what LEED really means. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and...more

Tower Lane Properties v. City of Los Angeles: JMBM Prevails in Published Court of Appeal Opinion Holding that a City's Erroneous...

JMBM has prevailed in the Court of Appeal on behalf of its client in a well-publicized and hotly-contested development project in the City of Los Angeles. The court's published opinion will come as welcome relief to property...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

Real Estate Tip - Green Building Market Expected to Grow to $83B by 2016

In the last two years a significant number of studies and reports have shown that the trend toward green construction is unmistakable. On the commercial side, more than 60% of firms worldwide report that they are planning new...more

New York’s New Housing Marketplace Plan

Launched in 2003, by the Bloomberg administration, the New Housing Marketplace Plan set a goal for the creation and preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by 2014. According to a new report, through 2013, the...more

Some Panhandle Development Permits Eligible for Six-Month Extension Due to Tropical Storm Karen Order

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available until January 6, 2014, for 18 Panhandle counties as a result of the threat posed to Florida by recent tropical storm activity. The extension offers an...more

CEQA "Modernization"—Urgent End-of-Session Alert

We recently reported in our August 20, 2013, newsalert that Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s August 6 amendments to SB 731, The CEQA Modernization Act of 2013, continued to stray further from meaningful CEQA...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

The 2013 Draft MDE General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity

The Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) recently released a draft version of the General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity that, if adopted, will replace the existing 2009 General Permit...more

LEED Lasts in Latest NC Bill (news note)

As many of you may be aware, the North Carolina legislature was considering a bill that would effectively take away the option of LEED certification for public projects. In a misguided effort to protect the NC timber...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

D.C. Seeks to Finalize Rules Aimed at Preventing and Eliminating Lead Hazards

For several years, the District of Columbia has been working toward regulations designed to prevent and eliminate lead hazards. It came one step closer on April 26, 2013, when the District's Department of the Environment...more

Vapor Intrusion Developments

Potential buyers and sellers take note — on April 16, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) issued draft guidance that would require more evaluation of "vapor intrusion" (migration of any hazardous vapors...more

Real Estate Tip – Renewable On-Site Power: Who Pays to Charge a Tenant’s Chevy Volt?

In two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...more

Towards Not Reinventing The CEQA Wheel: Resources Agency Adopts New CEQA Guidelines For Streamlined Review of Urban Infill...

Repetitive CEQA review and analysis is expensive, unnecessary, unproductive, and inimical to the goals of certainty and finality in the environmental review process. In 2011, to address these concerns in the infill...more

New Jersey Takes Emergency Action To Speed Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) took emergency action to reduce approval backlogs and to make it easier for those seeking to rebuild in wake of Hurricane Sandy to obtain regulatory approvals by...more

Certain Residential Developments Exempt from CEQA Review: Greenhouse Gas Emission Issues Do Not Constitute New Information

The recent California appellate court decision in Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin, Cal: Court of Appeal, 1st Appellate Dist., 3rd Div. 2013, upheld a City's affirmation that residential developments are exempt...more

Changes in TPDES General Construction Permit Require Endangered Species Act Consideration

On February 19, 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued a revised Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Construction General Permit TXR150000 (Permit). This new Permit, effective...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

Real Estate Tip: LEED Certification and Energy Efficiency Part 2

In our last real estate tip, we reminded energy-conscious tenants that some rental spaces may have obtained LEED certification with few, if any, energy-efficiency points. If the owner built with energy efficiency in mind, ask...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

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