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Giveaway: Paul D’Arelli’s “Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building”*

Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building

*Attorney Paul D’Arelli has kindly provided us with a copy of his new e-book, Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building: Managing Risk and Merging Expectations in Pursuit of the Deal, to give away here at GRELJ. Just add a comment to this post before 5PM ET next Monday, June 13 and we’ll select one commenter at random to receive a free copy by email.

Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building is – as far as I can tell – the first publication of its kind and will be an important addition to your green real estate library. Although a handful of other books – including USGBC’s Green Leasing Guide – have been written about green leases, Mr. D’Arelli places his primary emphasis on discussing risk management as it relates to each step in the green leasing process. The book is written in an accessible voice that will appeal to non-attorneys. But even seasoned real estate practitioners will derive significant benefit from Mr. D’Arelli’s ability to explain the intersection of traditional leasing concepts and green building principles.

Here’s the teaser from the book’s website:

This informative 42-page guide provides a “plain English” presentation of issues and concepts that must be considered by landlords, tenants and their representatives in this new era of sustainability where traditional leasing is intersecting with green building pursuits and requirements.

Rather than attempt to move the industry toward some new model of green leasing – a difficult proposition given the variation in local leasing customs – this guide provides an issue-focused approach that can be used as a basis for informed negotiation geared toward accommodating the needs of the parties regardless of local lease preference.

This conversational guide, while written by an attorney who has been at the forefront of the green legal movement, is fortunately not a legal treatise but an easy read about an increasingly complicated subject.

If you can’t wait to find out the results of our giveway, you can download the book for $15 here. Good luck! And congrats to Paul on a well-written, important piece of work.

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14 Responses to Giveaway: Paul D’Arelli’s “Negotiating Leases in the Era of Green Building”*

  1. Keith Gordon June 7, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Stephen, Thank you for providing the opportunity for the Giveaway on Mr. D’Arelli’s book. I am particularly interested this topic and how effects my clients and I look forward to reading his work.

    Thank you,

    Keith Gordon

  2. Karin June 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Mr. Del Percio: the book sounds fascinating and I’d love a copy. Many thanks!

    • Stephen Del Percio June 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

      You’re our winner! Congrats. Send me an email with your contact info and we’ll get the copy over to you ASAP.

      Thanks to everyone for participating!

  3. Lawrence H. Davidson June 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    The difficult task of allocating the responsibility for making modifications, refurbishment, and repairs necessary for compliance with LEED standards is an area where, in California, there is little legal precedent. The leading cases arose from settings involving haz-mat remediation and earthquake retrofitting. Therefore, I am looking forward to receiving insight from this book about addressing the allocation of the financial burden and benefits arising from LEED compliance strategies.

  4. Larry Spielvogel, PE June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Having participated in the drafting of the energy provisions of a 500-page $½ billion green lease, and now helping in its ongoing detailed administration, I have learned there are still many unclear and unintended issues. Unlike “conventional” leases, the preferences of the parties tend to be unique and without precedent, making them difficult to draft and enforce.

    Having reviewed other green leases, most are drafted by real estate lawyers and developers who do not know or understand the issues related to green provisions, and especially those for energy.

    Larry Spielvogel, PE

    • Stephen Del Percio June 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Larry. As you point out, there are still a host of issues that merit exploration in this space. Hopefully this book is just the first of many that devote focused analysis to energy and other green lease provisions.

  5. Jeff Anderle June 8, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Thanks Stephen for highlighting the book. I am looking forward to reading it (as the winner or not).

    I believe that books like this one and the USGBC Green Lease Guide can become important tools in further explaining the issues to both sides of the real estate transaction. In our work, we fine that there is quite a bit of confusion in the market particularly for those just entering the green real estate space.

  6. Jim Smith June 8, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    A timely topic, and as an architect, am glad that it is written in plain english. Look forward to reading it.

  7. Michele Skupic June 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    I have already ordered the book – so if I am the winner I’ll have an extra copy to share wtih a client!

    I am the National Director of Sustainable Strategies for Fidelity National Financial, parent company for a diverse group of title insurance and related real estate companies.

    If you aren’t aware, in collaboration with the USGBC, we are the exclusive source of a new product, the LEED Project Certification Data Report (LEED Data Report). It is the first and only product on the market for LEED due diligence and risk management. Please register at our website and review the report and our marketing materials. I welcome calls and/or inquiries for more information. Best all, and thank you for the valuable infomation you share in this ever evolving and emerging market.

    • Brian D. Anderson June 14, 2011 at 9:56 am #


      This sounds like an interesting product. I’m assuming it’s an insurance product and not simply a 1500$ certificate of status, correct? Is it offered as part of title insurance when purchasing a certified building? Assuming it’s some kind of insurance product, what risk is being insured and how much coverage is being offered? Finally, what’s meant by the “exclusive” relationship with USGBC–does this mean, eg, that the only way to get a status update on a certified building will be to pay 1500$ to FNF/usgbc?

      Thank you, Brian

  8. Joshua Magee June 12, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Thank you Stephen for highlighting this new book. My firm works with building developers and owners on green building operational strategies, and incorporating best practices in green leasing is an important part of that.

    I look forward to reading the book!

  9. Mike June 13, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    Thanks for the sneak peek, looking forward to the read!

  10. Marc Leonard Ripp June 13, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Dear Stephen,

    I enjoy your Blog.

    Kindly enter me into the drawing.


    Best wishes.



  11. Denise June 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to learning more! My building, formally the Leopold Hotel, was built in 1929. In the 1980′s, the building was converted into a retirement community. We are proud members of Sustainable Connections, the Kulshan Land trust, and are listed on the Register of Historical Buildings. We participate in the Green Energy Challenge and are consistently making strides to improve energy consumption and be active partners with our community and our planet. I would like to be added to your drawing and learn more about Green Leasing.


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