Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A.

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19 02, 2017

Is there Lead in the Water of your Green Building?

February 19th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The subject of lead leaching from pipes and faucets into drinking water within buildings is not new. But the broad growth of green buildings, including green schools, that include water conservation strategies has the potential to negatively impact the quality of drinking water in those green building plumbing systems. To reduce indoor water consumption, LEED [...]

12 02, 2017

Legislature Overrides Veto of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Increase

February 12th, 2017|Environmental Law|

On February 2, 2017, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates voted to override the veto of an increase the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, as enacted in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session. Last May, Maryland Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., vetoed House Bill 1106, that was characterized as a “sunshine tax” to be [...]

5 02, 2017

Defamation Case over Global Warming Claim set for Trial

February 5th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Given that a jury will have to find that Steyn and Simberg acted with "actual malice" or a "reckless disregard" of the truth or falsity of the claims at issue, most believe Dr. Mann, who is among that coterie who refer to people as “climate change deniers” (analogizing those who disagree with him to Nazi Holocaust deniers), .. such that this lawsuit strikes many as the pot calling the kettle Black, is very unlikely to prevail on the merits.

29 01, 2017

California is a Model for PACE Loan Reform

January 29th, 2017|Environmental Law|

California’s statutory changes to its existing residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, that became effective January 1, 2017, may be a model for residential PACE programs across the nation. The first residential PACE program started in Berkeley, California in 2007. Today there are laws in at least 34 states that allow some form [...]

22 01, 2017

Is the New USDA Organic Rule Dead on Arrival?

January 22nd, 2017|Environmental Law|

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a new list of rules governing the treatment of animals that are ultimately sold to consumers as organic food. It is suggested that these amendments to the existing organic livestock and poultry production requirements are an exercise in futility both in that they were published [...]

15 01, 2017

Green Building Transactional Due Diligence

January 15th, 2017|Environmental Law|

As ever larger numbers of green buildings are bought and sold, due diligence related to the green features of commercial buildings takes on an increasing importance. But apparently most real estate due diligence checklists are stuck in the 1980s and while they address matters ranging from title and zoning to tenants and leases, as well [...]

8 01, 2017

Passive House is “In” in 2017

January 8th, 2017|Environmental Law|

As you consider what’s “in” and what’s “out” in 2017, within the realm of green building, Passive House is in. It is not controversial to accept that a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings at low cost, while also improving occupant comfort, is to improve the thermal performance of the building envelope. By [...]

1 01, 2017

FTC Order Restricts use of “All Natural”

January 1st, 2017|Environmental Law|

The Federal Trade Commission issued a summary decision against California Naturel, Inc., for falsely advertising its sunscreen product as “all natural” in violation of Sections 5 and 12 of the FTC Act. In a December 12, 2016 opinion, written by Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, the FTC describes how the company promotes its “all natural” sunscreen on [...]

25 12, 2016

Refocus the EPA through the Lens of Green Building

December 25th, 2016|Environmental Law|

nounced plan “to refocus the EPA” it is an ideal moment to articulate how green building is “the” ideal means of voluntarily mitigating the negative impacts that human activity has on the planet. While buildings and the construction of buildings provide countless benefits to human beings far beyond merely providing shelter, voluntary stewardship of the [...]

18 12, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Green Building Attorney

December 18th, 2016|Environmental Law|

This blog post is not as epic as A Day in the Life, the last song on the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album that Rolling Stone magazine ranked as the greatest Beatles song ever. But rather, this responds to a question I was recently asked when speaking at a law school forum on [...]