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Thoughts on the Autodesk/USGBC Partnership

The news coming out of Greenbuild includes the announcement of a partnership between Autodesk and USGBC. This is excellent news for smaller projects interested in applying for LEED certification, but at the same time will present liability issues for design teams, particularly with respect to Building Information Modeling (“BIM”). Autodesk and the Green Building Council […]

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Bronx Borough President Calls for Green Building Tax Breaks

Adolfo Carrion Jr., Bronx Borough President, released a report earlier this month proposing sales tax exemptions and tax credits for businesses investing in green projects. Pointing out the higher cost of green building materials, Carrion said that “tax incentives might be needed, at least in the short term, to encourage green development. . . . […]

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Fireman’s Fund Introduces Green Building Policy Package

On October 16th, the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company introduced a Certified Green Building Replacement and Green Upgrade coverage endorsement, designed to provide lower premiums for buildings already certified under LEED and the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes Rating System, as well as give owners of conventional buildings the opportunity to green their systems in the […]

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Crain’s Chicago Business Devotes Focus Section to Green Building

Just a quick post directing you to a section in this upcoming week’s Crain’s Chicago Buisness focusing exclusively on green building. A series of articles discuss green roofs and the financial benefits of green building, among many other things. This particular article, entitled Energy and Aesthetics, though somewhat disappointing in substance, at least touches on […]

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NYC-Based Green Consulting Firm Emphasizes Financial Benefits of Green Building

An article from Sunday’s Times helps make the business case for green buildings. Andrew Shapiro is a former lawyer who got the idea for his consulting business, GreenOrder Inc., from his brother’s environment-friendly nightclub in Tribeca. After the club closed down, the two brothers opened up their firm, which now advises major developers on projects […]

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