In Third Parties We Trust? The Growing Antitrust Impact of Third-Party Green Building Certification Systems for State and Local Governments has been published in the University of Oregon’s Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and builds upon a small – but growing – volume of scholarship in this important area of green building law.
Archive | June, 2012
New York City is one of the country’s last municipal users of Number 6 oil, whose harmful chemical composition has sparked new regulations requiring buildings to use more environment-friendly heating fuel.
Building performance data is changing tenant engagement and interaction with commercial office buildings as advanced technologies are allowing properties to behave more dynamically.
Houston-based Hines has secured construction financing that will allow it to proceed with 7 Bryant Park, a 28-story LEED-hopeful trophy office tower in Midtown.
Although the City Council is on the verge of approving it, BOMA is objecting to a proposed ordinance that would require Philadelphia commercial buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to publicly disclose energy and water data in a form similar to Energy Star.
In part due to Zone Green, the world’s largest rooftop farm could be coming soon to one of New York City’s biggest food distribution centers in the Hunts Point section of The Bronx.
New York City’s second tallest building is in the midst of upgrading its iconic exterior facade and mast lights with 1200 LED fixtures that should drop lighting expenditures by 75 percent, saving the building over $4.4 million annually.
The House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight’s recent hearing “The Science Behind Green Building Rating Systems” is perhaps the highest-profile example that changes are on the horizon for federal green building policy.
The LEED for Core and Shell Gold 148 Lafayette Street – which dates from 1913 – has been sold to the real estate investment firm EPIC for approximately $850 per square foot.
On the heels of the Department of Energy creating a similar resource on the other side of the Atlantic, the Green Building Council of South Africa and the South African Property Owners’ Association have unveiled the same tool for the Rainbow Nation.