Green Building Update -- October 16, 2012

by Allen Matkins
Contact

Green Building Focus

445 sq. miles set aside for solar power plants

gopusa - Oct 13

Interior Secretary Salazar set aside 445 sq. miles of public land for large-scale solar projects. The administration believes the land has fewer wildlife and natural-resource obstacles and has access to existing power lines, all factors plaguing many current solar projects. The plan allows faster utility-scale solar development instead of the slower project-by-project approval process in place since 2005. Salazar announced 17 "solar energy zones” in six states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Half of the land is in Southern California. Also, 19 million acres in "variance zones" will still allow development on a project-by-project basis.

Living roofs boost solar panel performance

Green Building Elements - Oct 3

It’s known that green roofs can mitigate the heat island effect, absorb rainwater, and improve overall insulation. What new studies have shown, however, is that green roofs can also help solar panel efficiency.

Can a number spark a retrofit revolution?

USGBC Official Blog - Oct 4

Senate Bill 3591, the “Commercial Building Modernization Act," extends and improves the existing federal tax deduction (Section 179D of the Internal Revenue Code) so it can easily be used for energy efficiency improvements.

New FTC Green Guides make it harder to be "green"

Law.com - Oct 4

"Green" may be beautiful to a company's marketing department, but according to the Federal Trade Commission's new Green Guides, it's not a word to be used lightly. The bottom line: "Don't make claims you can't substantiate," says an attorney who specializes in green-building risk management.

San Francisco museum seeks net-zero energy goal

ENR California Construction News - Oct 2

The new 422,166-sq-ft Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco will be nearly three times larger than the museum's current facility at the landmark Palace of Fine Arts. The new building also could be the largest net-zero energy museum in the world according to Nibbi Brothers, the project's general contractor.

USGBC: resilient buildings key to protecting future

World Bank Blogs - Oct 3

At this year's World Green Building Week, hosted by the World Green Building Council, CHF International and USGBC hosted a panel discussion on resiliency in the built environment and its role in addressing the plight of the urban poor, the group most severely affected by low-intensity, high-frequency disasters.

Cool roofs may lead to dry roofs

Planetizen - Urban Planning - Oct 4

Many cities have explored light-colored roofs, or "cool roofs," to deal with the heat-producing impacts of dark and impermeable urban surfaces. However, according to a new Arizona State University study, although light roofs reduce urban temperatures, they may also have the unexpected side effect of reducing regional rainfall due to a reduction of the evapotranspiration rates of urban vegetation.

Massachusetts still #1 for state energy efficiency

Clean Technica - Oct 4

According to the most recent State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Massachusetts is the most energy-efficient state in the US for the second year.

Fifth public comment for LEED v4 launches

USGBC Official Blog - Oct 2

After 21,500 comments have been written, received, and responded to, and after tens of thousands of hours of volunteer engagement with challenging issues, which have been resolved into credit language, USGBC is releasing the fifth public comment of LEED v4.

Ascend Hotel Collection expands

The Serious Speculator - Oct 3

The Ascend Collection membership program from Choice Hotels International continues its expansion with new member properties in gateway cities in the United States and Canada, including the Clifton Hotel, the first LEED Gold hotel in South Beach Miami, Florida.

Miami Green Lab for LEED training opens

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Oct 4

A former firehouse in West Little Havana has been transformed into the Miami Green Lab, a training center for local professionals seeking green certification and green resources.

Community support leads to Green Apple Week in India

USGBC Official Blog - Oct 3

CHF International, a humanitarian relief and development organization, has been working with slum communities in India since 2003. CHF is improving waste collection and management in the slums of Bangalore, and is helping to raise the dignity of Bangalore’s waste recyclers who had been working informally and were often targeted by police as thieves.

New LDS Church facility breaks ground in New Jersey

Green Buildings NYC - Oct 3

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues moving forward with plans for a state-of-the-art, LEED-rated facility in Englewood, New Jersey. The meetinghouse would be the first LEED-certified building in Englewood.

Noblis wins BPA to support GSA sustainable facilities tool

Executive Biz Blog - Oct 8

Noblis Inc. has won a new blanket purchase agreement contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) to support the GSA’s green building initiatives. Noblis and the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings will collaborate on the broad dissemination of sustainable strategies in order to help facilitate the adoption of proven high-performance green building technologies and green procurement strategies.

Green Building Projects

Chattanooga hostel earns LEED Platinum

Hotel News Resource - Oct 4

The Crash Pad, a hostel in downtown Chattanooga, has earned a LEED Platinum designation from the USGBC. Only three other lodging establishments in the United States have earned LEED Platinum.

Memphis transit agency center earns LEED Silver

Biz Journal - Energy & Environment News - Oct 4

The Memphis Area Transit Authority’s Airways Transit Center has gained high marks for its environmentally-friendly design, earning LEED Silver certification from the USGBC.

Bryan C. Jackson

Bryan C. Jackson
Partner
Construction | Real Estate | Energy & Cleantech | Infrastructure
Los Angeles
(213) 955-5575
(213) 620-8816 (fax)

E-mail me

Ouvrier Andrew M

Andrew M. Ouvrier
Senior Counsel
Real Estate | Wireless Telecom Real Estate
Century City
(310) 788-2426
(310) 788-2410 (fax)

E-mail me

 

Written by:

Allen Matkins
Contact
more
less

Allen Matkins on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):
hide

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.

Security

JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@jdsupra.com. In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at: info@jdsupra.com.

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.
Feedback? Tell us what you think of the new jdsupra.com!