Green Building

March 15, 2012

Is the Sky Actually Falling (On Green Building)?

I have spoken on many occasions at Construction Law Musings and elsewhere about the risks and rewards for contractors found in sustainable construction. The rewards were fairly apparent. New markets, government incentives and the desires of owners to be “green” clearly point toward a need …

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November 21, 2011

Green Building, Litigation and Risk

Green Building is all the rage. From the latest version of LEED, LEED 3.0, to discussions of “LEEDigation.” All of this and more were topics of the first Green Matters Conference this past week in New Orleans.  The fact that a conference of this type …

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October 18, 2010

An Introduction to Green Building Information Modeling (BIM)

After decades of declining productivity, the facility design and construction industry is beginning to benefit from powerful technologies that are poised to transform the way we design, construct and operate buildings. These technologies are commonly referred to as “BIM,” the acronym for Building Information Modeling. …

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Challenges to LEED Certifications: Standing, Procedure, Wiggle Room and Money

The blogs have been crackling for several weeks with reports and analysis of the LEED “challenge” process.  Chris Cheatham devoted a multiple part series to analyzing the challenge filed and ultimately rejected to the LEED Gold certification awarded to the Northland Pines High School in …

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Tempered Optimism is Key to a Sustainable Green Infrastructure

It’s a beautiful, warm spring day here in Richmond, VA.  The sprinklers were going in neighborhood yards as I left for work this morning and the clouds are moving lightly on the breeze.  With the sun shining and the birds chirping outside of my office …

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Americans Rebuild for the ‘New Urban Century’

Many point to Charlotte has an example of good urbanism and city vision. Charlotte’s leadership understood decades ago that the city could not sustain it’s suburban growth and made proactive steps to create the economic engine it is today. Aribra seeks to engage smaller to …

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March 11, 2010

What Owners Look for in Green Building and Why Contractors Should Care

A recent article at the Ahead of Schedule Blog brings up a project owner’s perspective on “green” building. The article starts by stating that: Despite the explosion of articles, seminars and webinars on green building and development during the last year or so, there is …

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Habitat for Humanity Embraces Density, Makes History

Habitat for Humanity makes history with the development of its Brooklyn project which is LEED Gold certified. The Atlantic Avenue project may represent a new direction for Habitat. It will be great to see smaller affiliates embrace more dense development models in the future. From …

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January 28, 2010

Progress, Not Perfection

by James Bedell I recently had the opportunity to sit in on an Alcholics Anonymous meeting. Limited Disclosure: Who I was in the meeting for is private, hence the ‘anonymous’ but I will share that I am not in recovery, just an interested, supportive third …

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January 22, 2010

Sustainability Takes Hold

by Christopher Hill An article in a recent issue of Constructor Magazine, the publication of the AGC of America, makes a point that I have been making for a while, namely that sustainable building is here to stay. The article quotes several contractor members of the …

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