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Nevada Governor Vetoes Bill Suspending Green Property Tax Abatement Program

On Monday, Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) vetoed SB567, which legislators passed earlier this month to suspend the state’s green building property tax abatement program. Gibbons simultaneously issued an executive order directing state lawmakers to create a new program before the end of their session on June 4. Gibbons commented that his veto was grounded […]

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Green Building Incentives Just a Mirage? Nevada Suspends Property Tax Abatement Program

I discussed Nevada’s green building property tax abatement in a post last week, but on Wednesday the state Senate suspended the program, citing a $110 million revenue shortfall through fiscal 2009. While only one building (the Patagonia Distribution Center) has received the abatement, sixty-seven Nevada developments, including two billion dollar projects in Las Vegas (the […]

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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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Crain’s Offers Glimpse at City’s Proposed PlaNYC 2030 Energy Mandates

According to a confidential report obtained by Crain’s New York Business, and included as part of this week’s edition’s cover story, the Bloomberg administration is in the process of outlining an energy proposal that it will include in its PlaNYC 2030, which remains under development. One of 2030’s overarching goals is to achieve a thirty […]

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New York City Department of Education and School Construction Authority Unveil NYC Green Schools Guide and Rating System

Introduced just yesterday through a joint effort from the Department of Education and School Construction Authority, the New York City Green Schools Guide and Rating System (“GSG”) will apply to all new school construction, modernization, and renovation projects in the five boroughs. The GSG and Rating System is based on LEED, but also incorporates elements […]

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NYC’s Affordable Housing Developers May Face Renewed Battle Over Green Building Mandate

An interesting item appeared in this week’s print edition of Crain’s New York Business. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (“HPD”) is apparently considering the use of the Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities rating system in connection with affordable housing development here in New York. Crain’s reports that HPD Commissioner Shaun […]

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Benefits Of A Green Home

Blue LEED house in Northampton, Massachusetts The average homeowner in the United States forks out $2,000 a year in energy bills. All that energy use makes up 20 percent of the country’s energy usage. That enormous use of energy produces a corresponding amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which means buying a green home could […]

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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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