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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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California Proposes Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

The State of California has once again taken the lead through its proposed How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act, which would ban incandescent light bulbs by 2012. California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine is expected to introduce the legislation this week. Incandescent light bulbs are inefficient because they convert only about five […]

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LEED Silver for Bronx Library Center & Local Law 86 Primer

The New York Public Library’s Bronx Library Center was awarded LEED Silver certification from USGBC last summer, but USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi officially presented the honor in person at a ceremony last Thursday, January 11th up in The Bronx. The Center is the first publicly-funded green building in New York City to receive LEED certification […]

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Nashville Considers Green Building Legislation for Public Projects

Nashville City Councilman Mike Jameson is preparing legislation he intends to introduce which would apply to all public projects in the Nashville Metropolitan District (the city of Nashville and Davidson County, informally referred to as “Metro“) of 5,000 square feet or at least $2 million (except for Metro’s schools, transit structures, and housing developments, which […]

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Smaller Cities Adopt, Consider Green Building Standards

I’m down in D.C. for a few days on a mini-vacation, but I came across two articles discussing smaller cities adopting, and considering, green building standards. Asheville, North Carolina will now require LEED certification for all new city buildings, while Pembroke Pines, Florida, is discussing the feasibility of implementing a city-wide green building standard (which […]

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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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NY Power Authority Lobbies for NYC Energy Legislation

New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) President Timothy S. Carey is backing two proposed energy laws currently pending before the New York City Council. The first, Introduction (Int.) No. 18, would require a survey of every City-owned building in order to determine the propriety of installing clean, on-site electricity generation. The second, Int. No. 23, would […]

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GSA to Require BIM for Select Projects

Following up on my last post about BIM, the General Services Administration has announced that it will require new buildings designed through its Public Buildings Service to employ BIM during the design phase. “We are making this fiscal ’07 requirement as a minimum requirement,” said Calvin Kam, GSA’s BIM project manager. “We are encouraging [people], […]

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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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