Tag: LEED


The Revolution Will Be…Built

by Yahya E. B. Henry   In case you have not noticed by now, I am truly an advocate of infill development. I think my fascination with this particular development was highlighted in this interview by CNN with Richard Florida. In the video he highlights …

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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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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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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 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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