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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

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

The Construct - March 2014

In This Issue: - Green Law Corner: What LEED v4 Means for You - Deliberate Intent: Beyond Workers' Compensation and Into the Assets of Your Business - EPA Approves the New Phase I Standard -...more

LIFE-CYCLE: A legal guide to developing, investing in and managing buildings sustainably (Global)

Real estate is a major consumer of resources. Everyone needs a place to live and work and we use real estate for that purpose. Modern life means that energy and other resources will be consumed in the development and...more

The 49ers May Not Be Going to the Superbowl . . . But Their Consolation Prize Ain’t Bad

I’m not much of a sports guy, but like many in the San Francisco Bay Area, I watched the 49ers-Seahawk game over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend....more

LEED Rating Pops Up In Construction Dispute

The LEED rating system for green buildings made a brief cameo in a recent reported opinion arising out of a construction dispute in North Carolina. The recently decided case John Wm. Brown Co. v. State Employees’ Credit...more

LEED Silver Requirement To Be Introduced in Montgomery County

On January 21, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner will introduce 13 legislative initiatives to increase the County's commitment, in the public and private sector, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent...more

USGBC-NCC Launches Building Health Initiative

The U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC), part of the organization responsible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rankings, recently launched the Building Health...more

Green Building Update -- September 12, 2013

Green Building Focus -- Green L.A. Federal Courthouse: Courthouse News - Aug 12 - After a decade of planning, officials broke ground on a $319 million, 10-story Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. The new courthouse's...more

Real Estate Tip – The Built Environment and Profitability

The term “built environment” is used by advocates who see a connection between architecture and the health, vibrancy and sustainability of our communities. Groups seeking to restore historic and architecturally interesting...more

Ahead of the LEED

Site-based sustainable design can speed official approval - The effort to create sustainable buildings has long centered on technical certifications, such as LEED. But now, some companies are taking more of a...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

Mofo Tech -- Spring/Summer 2013

In This Issue: - Here Come the Feds -- What President Obama’s second term means for the tech industry - Log In: ...Feds cast an eye on social media - Focus: ...3-D’s IP dimension -...more

Green Building Update -- May 8, 2013

Green Building Focus - The ultimate green building eats smog - Bloomberg Businessweek - Apr 26: The Manuel Gea González Hospital in Mexico City has installed a decorative, white facade made from a sophisticated new...more

Green Building Update -- May 2, 2013

Green Building Focus - Revolving loans would quadruple Prop 39 investments: UCLA Newsroom - Apr 18: Proposition 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act, passed in 2012. Prop 39 requires businesses operating in...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

Green Building Update -- April 12, 2013

Green Building Focus: ..Biofuel waste -- a new green building solution - EarthTechling - Green Tech, Green Products & Energy News - Mar 26: Engineers are working on yet another way to deliver more energy...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

Green Building Update -- March 19, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - White House nominees for EPA, DOE; AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica; Massachusetts data center is clean energy innovator; New green post-Sandy housing development in Queens;...more

Green Building Update -- March 14, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - 30 years of energy saving through CA's building codes; Demand for green building materials to reach $86B by 2017; Congressional panel on economic benefits of green building; Hines...more

District of Columbia Mayor Gray Announces Release of New Sustainable DC Plan to Implement Sustainability Initiative

The release of a new plan to implement the District of Columbia's "Sustainable DC" Initiative was announced by Mayor Vincent Gray on February 20, 3013. The Sustainable DC Plan builds on 15 months of planning and public...more

Green Building Update -- February 27, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - TPA targets federal government's use of LEED; NRC says military should use LEED despite political pressure; New green high school in Oregon; SFMOMA expansion to include green...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

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