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26 03, 2017

FITWEL may be the Future of Building Sustainability

March 26th, 2017|Environmental Law|

If LEED is going the way of the floppy disk, as is increasingly the consensus opinion, thought leaders in the environmental industrial complex commend that FITWEL may be the future of building sustainability.

19 03, 2017

The Opportunity for ENERGY STAR

March 19th, 2017|Environmental Law|

While much of the media hyperbole has focused on the Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget request of $5.7 Billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a reduction of $2.6 billion, or 31%, from the 2017 level of funding, little attention has been paid to specific priorities including the resultant opportunities for green building. One of the key [...]

12 03, 2017

The First BREEAM USA Certification

March 12th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The Oaks, a 1.3 million square foot shopping mall located in Thousand Oaks, California, owned by Macerich is the first project achieve certification under the new BREEAM In-Use program for existing buildings. Macerich, a leading owner, operator and developer of major retail real estate with a portfolio of over 50 shopping malls, also earned the [...]

5 03, 2017

Apply to be a Member of the ASHRAE Committee for Standard 189.1

March 5th, 2017|Environmental Law|

This may not be civilization warping, but for those who think the importance of a republished ASHRAE 189.1 is overstated, appreciate that as a result of the unprecedented announcement by the ICC, the AIA, IES, and USGBC in 2014 that 189.1 revisions would be collaboratively developed and be the basis of the IgCC and LEED.

26 02, 2017

Deadline to Propose Changes to National Green Building Standard

February 26th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Participating in this development process is hugely significant because as of this date there are 98,120 NGBS Green Certified Homes! The NGBS is the fastest growing residential green building standard and is the preferred green standard by many in the residential real estate sector.

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 [...]