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Is LEED Legislation- Whether Public or Private- Undemocratic?

In an article written earlier this week, Dan Walters, a columnist at the Sacramento Bee, articulated his concerns over a LEED-driven green public building regulatory scheme by calling such legislation “part of a broader legislative tendency to avoid tough policy decisions by shifting them to unaccountable outside organizations.” Walters was writing with respect to California’s […]

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Second Long Island County on Verge of Mandating LEED for Public Projects

It appears that Nassau County on Long Island is about to mandate LEED for public projects greater than 5,000 square feet or budgeted at $1 million or more. County Executive Thomas Suozzi announced at a press conference on Monday in Mineola that his proposal (also sponsored by legislators from Merrick and Oceanside) was approved by […]

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Private Green Building Mandate Debate Surfaces in Palo Alto

There’s a great article in the latest issue of Building Design + Construction that provides some insight into the carrot versus stick debate with respect to municipal green building mandates. Palo Alto’s City Council is currently considering how, and if, it should institute green building requirements for private projects. (Currently, Palo Alto requires public projects […]

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Monday LEEDoff: Nevada Weighs Adding Green Globes to 2005 LEED Legislation and Prompts Debate in State Assembly

One of the major aims of this blog during the past few months has been to argue in favor of increased competition among green building rating systems. Owners and municipalities should demand performance from their green buildings regardless of the rating system that the project team chose to implement prior to handing out incentives or […]

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Back to Boston: Revisting Beantown’s Green Building Legislation

I want to clarify a recent post I wrote about Boston’s green building legislation, which now applies to public and private development of more than 50,000 square feet, that was erroneous (in part from a confusing article along with some poor research on the part of yours truly- my apologies). Titled “Green Buildings,” Article 37 […]

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“Making Green Building a Mainstream Practice” Conference Offers Thoughts from Developers on LEED

Last Thursday, Bank of America, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Next American City magazine sponsored an invitation-only conference at the Museum of Natural History as part of the Urban Innovation Symposium Series. Called “From the Ground Up: Making Green Building a Mainstream Practice,” a variety of both market-rate and affordable housing developers, including Douglas Durst, […]

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Boston Will Mandate Green Building- Public and Private- But Opts to Pass on LEED

Another day and another U.S. city is on the cusp of implementing green building legislation. All projects, public or private, of 50,000 square feet or more in Boston will be required to meet a city-developed green building standard. The new regulations will take effect in January after the public has an opportunity to comment and […]

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Napa Valley Hotel Demonstrates Dangers to Developers Posed by LEED Creep

In the wake of the D.C. Council passing significant LEED legislation last week, there’s been substantial commentary about how positive the bill is for green building at large. While I agree that the legislation is certainly a step in the right direction, a recent post I wrote about the D.C. mandate describes what the BD+C […]

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