Environmental Law

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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 [...]

17 09, 2017

LEED Commercial Interiors Can Save the Planet

September 17th, 2017|Environmental Law|

LEED Commercial Interiors projects present the best single opportunity for greening buildings. The proof is in the numbers. There are more than 5.6 million existing commercial buildings in the United States today.

10 09, 2017

Denver Voters Petition Green Roof Mandate to the Ballot

September 10th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The Denver Elections Commission has announced that the Denver Green Roof Initiative, a mandatory green roof ballot initiative will appear on the November 7 ballot. A ballot initiative is a means by which a petition signed by a certain minimum number of registered voters can bring about a public vote on a proposed statute or [...]

27 08, 2017

Green Globes to be Approved in Maryland

August 27th, 2017|Environmental Law|

Last week the Maryland Green Building Council voted unanimously to recommend that Green Globes, at the two Green Globes level, be approved by the Maryland Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services as a “high performance building” as defined in Maryland law. The vote is being widely heralded as a significant step forward in [...]

20 08, 2017

Solar Panel Tariff Fight Makes Strange Bedfellows

August 20th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a nearly 10 hour initial public hearing this past Tuesday on a petition seeking tariffs and price minimums on low cost imported solar panels. The petition seeks duties of 40 cents per watt on imported solar cells and also a floor price of 78 cents per watt on solar [...]

13 08, 2017

You Should Not Contract With Your Environmental Consultant

August 13th, 2017|Environmental Law|

In an effort to mitigate risk you should not contract directly with an environmental consultant, but rather your attorney should contract with that consultant. While laws vary from state to state, in the vast majority of factual situations a business or property owner is ill served by contracting directly with a third party for most [...]

22 07, 2017

Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges Over Deceptive Zero VOC Claims

July 22nd, 2017|Environmental Law|

Four paint companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as containing zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or as emission free, including during and immediately after application. Some promotions also made explicit safety claims. Specifically, the first FTC complaint alleges, In connection with the advertising, promotion, offering for sale, [...]

16 07, 2017

South Miami Poised to Mandate Solar Panels

July 16th, 2017|Environmental Law|

The City of South Miami, Florida City Commission is scheduled to take a final vote on July 18 on an ordinance that will require rooftop photovoltaic panels on new construction and major renovations. The ordinance is likely to pass given that at its July 12 meeting the second reader version of this ordinance passed with [...]