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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Green Building Update -- February 21, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - GSA may abandon LEED certification; Green roof on California university dorm; CA nonresidential energy use disclosure rules take effect; Boston Properties acquires 535 Mission...more

Real Estate Tip – LEED Certification and Energy Efficiency Part 1

A commercial tenant may expect lower than normal energy costs when considering a green building, but lower energy costs are not guaranteed. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s new...more

Green Building Newsletter -- February 6, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - California adopts new building standards; Brookfield's LEED Gold Manhattan West development; What can we learn from D.C.'s green building law?; The EPA's Greening America's Capitals...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

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