*USGBC has kindly provided us with a copy of its Green Office Guide to give away here at GRELJ. Just add a comment to this post before 5PM ET next Wednesday, December 16; we’ll select one of you at random and pick up the tab for shipping. We’ll email the winner directly for contact information.
One of the reasons why New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, which our City Council passed earlier today, does not (as originally drafted) require owners to pay for capital improvement projects that boost energy efficiency is that, under most local leases, landlords who pay for those improvements can’t pass along associated costs to their tenants, who benefit from the resulting decrease in operating costs. USGBC’s Green Lease Guide, which was published earlier this fall, does much more than just discuss the split incentive that’s a major barrier to implementing a truly green lease; it provides tenants with a form environmental impact questionnaire designed to assist them in vetting potential properties, as well as eleven pages of sample green lease provisions (many of which we’ve written about here at GRELJ previously). The Guide is primarily written for commercial office tenants, but landlords will find its background information – which describes LEED’s accreditation and certification processes – useful as well. More specifically, here’s how the Guide breaks down:
Section 1 – Why Green the Leasing Process?
- How Buildings Affect the Environment and Tenants
- Primer on LEED
Section 2 – Greening the Leasing Process
- Environmental Strategies for the Leasing Process
- Implementing Environmental Strategies at Renewal and in New Space Searches
- Greening the Lease
- Best Practices for LEED for Commercial Interiors Project Management, Design, and Construction
- Implementing Environmental Strategies Under Existing Leases
Section 3 – Tools for Greening the Leasing Process
- LEED for Commercial Interiors Scorecard
- Basic Environmental Impact Questionnaire
- Sample Criteria for Qualifying Project Team Professionals
- Sample Green Building RFP Guidelines
- Building Questionnaire for Tenants Seeking LEED for Commercial Interiors Certification
- Sample Green Lease Provisions
- Sample Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy for Tenant Operations
Copies of the Green Lease Guide are available for purchase here; our thanks again to USGBC for providing us with a complimentary copy to give away here at GRELJ. We’ll have much more to say on various specifics of the Guide moving forward, particularly with respect to its discussion of aspirational green lease provisions and enforcement mechanisms. In the interim, if you have any questions or require assistance in connection with greening your leasing documents, the Arent Fox Green Building & Sustainability Practice Group would be happy to help you out.