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10 12, 2017

Blockchain has come to Real Estate

December 10th, 2017|Real Estate Law|

Earlier this fall an apartment in Kiev became the first real estate purchased using blockchain, portending a new era in the sale of land and improvements. It is suggested blockchain may do for the $217 trillion real estate market what the Internet did for communication. Blockchain will address high transaction costs, long time delays, and [...]

3 12, 2017

Green Building Data Risk as an Opportunity

December 3rd, 2017|Environmental Law|

Green buildings generate large quantities of data. In an age when many have opinions about Edward Snowden’s disclosures, foreign state sponsored hacking, and Uber’s massive customer data hack, most people have not considered matters of data protection from their real estate, green building or otherwise. The topic is too broad to comprehensively address in a [...]

26 11, 2017

Arc is Electrifying Green Building

November 26th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Next week will be a year since the launch of Arc. Already approaching a Billion square of projects not only in the United States but also from India to Sweden and Israel to Bhutan, if you are not familiar with the Arc platform, that helps a building owner measure performance and benchmark against others, you [...]

12 11, 2017

LEED v4.1 Announced by USGBC at Greenbuild

November 12th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The announcement of the upcoming release of the new LEED version 4.1 by the U.S. Green Building Council was no doubt the biggest story at Greenbuild 2017 in Boston last week. And that is saying a lot because Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building and there was much to [...]

5 11, 2017

Arbitration is Why There is So Little Litigation in Green Building

November 5th, 2017|Environmental Law|

It is surprising to many in the environmental industrial complex that there has been relatively little litigation arising out of green building. There have been only a very modest number of cases commenced in courts across the country involving construction of green buildings. The reason for the dearth of court cases is not that there [...]

29 10, 2017

The Systole and Diastole in Recycling

October 29th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Recycling is not new. 11,000 years before Christ the people in the Nile valley recognized the intrinsic value of reusing waste. But maybe not since that dawn of civilization has recycling undergone the wide fluctuation, good and bad, that we are seeing right now. The bad news is that on July 18, China notified the [...]

22 10, 2017

EPA Ends Perverse Practice of “Sue and Settle”

October 22nd, 2017|Environmental Law|

“The days of regulation through litigation are over,” according to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In fulfilling his promise to end the practice of regulation through litigation that has harmed the American public, the EPA Administrator issued an agency wide directive on October 16, 2017 designed to end “sue and settle” practices within the Agency, restoring [...]

15 10, 2017

Rhode Island goes for LEED for Neighborhood Development and SITES

October 15th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The State of Rhode Island is expanding its longstanding Green Buildings Act adding built landscapes to the list of public projects that must be built to recognized green building standards. Rhode Island has since 2008 mandated the public construction projects larger than 5,000 gross square feet “shall be designed and constructed to at least the [...]

1 10, 2017

50 Shades of Green in Montgomery County

October 1st, 2017|Environmental Law|

Green building will remain mandatory for new construction in Montgomery County, Maryland and effective December 1, 2017, the International Green Construction Code 2012 will be a permitted alternative. Montgomery County was among the first local jurisdictions in the country, in 2008, to adopt a mandatory green building law for private building, requiring most new construction [...]

24 09, 2017

The Second Best Way to Mitigate Your Risk in Green Building

September 24th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The best way to mitigate risk in your green building project are properly drafted contract documents prepared by this law firm or by another attorney with green building experience. That may sound self serving, but it is true. As I posted in this blog less than a year ago, Less than 20% of Green Building [...]