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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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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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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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November 23, 2009

Green, Sustainability and the Need for Third Party Validation

A recent post by my friend Andrea Goldman raises the interesting question of “why bother with LEED certification”? The post highlights a recent profile on the highly sustainable Hutton Hotel project in Nashville which elected to forego seeking LEED registration and certification. In particular, Hutton …

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October 19, 2009

Energy and Broken Windows

by Christopher Hill Much discussion has centered around the de-certification aspect of the energy reporting requirements of the new LEED guidelines.  However, as I have been reading and commenting on the proposed energy reporting requirements found in the latest LEED certification guidelines, and looking at …

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October 12, 2009

New York Times, LEED and GSA: The Ghost of LEED Past?

by Timothy Hughes The legal blogosphere has been active recently with discussion of the recent article in the New York Times critical of LEED. The article in essence uses the example project of the Federal Building in Youngstown, Ohio as a sample for LEED projects …

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October 6, 2009

Sustainability: What does it really mean?

If you were to ask three different people the definition of sustainability, you’ll receive three different answers; this is ours.  Business structures are moving away from models based solely on economic returns and are now considering the environmental and social returns as well. The tides …

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September 25, 2009

Why Build Green in Virginia? It Just Make Sense

Lately terms such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Green Building have been thrown about in the press, by politicians, and by local zoning and building officials in Virginia.  Nationally, the Obama administration has shown support for green building. The Richmond, Virginia …

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September 21, 2009

LEEDing to Unintended Consequences – The Ghost of LEED Future

by  Timothy Hughes The USGBC has imposed extended reporting requirements as part of its minimum program requirements for LEED. It appears the extended reporting already adopted may only be an initial step. We may see extended reporting requirements backed up by decertification; we may see …

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