HHG has restored four historic pre-Victorian townhomes and kitted them out with Energy Star windows and appliances and energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, while their 18-unit Cracker Factory lofts inhabit the circa-1896 Exton Bakery building in which the familiar “oyster cracker” originated.
This impressive 7000-square-foot home is the first in New Jersey to earn a Gold rating under the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Program.
Although just three industrial properties anywhere in the Garden State are currently pursuing LEED certification, Blackrock’s recent acquisition of one such property is a good opportunity to review how LEED and sustainability interrelate with this generally unremarked upon real estate sector.
An upcoming series of webinars will explore implementing the Green Globes rating system in the context of existing buildings.
The Garden State’s first LEED-certified restaurant is on track to become a pizzeria in suburban Ridgewood.
In spite of facing massive budget shortfalls, New Jersey legislators will consider two different green building bills during their 2008-09 term. We reviewed both bills over at gbNYC earlier this fall; one would require affordable housing developers to include sustainable design features (though not formal third-party certification) while the second would offer low-interest loans to developers who achieve a LEED Silver level of certification. As the economy worsens, though, it will be a tough sell in Trenton to hand tax breaks to private interests. I expect that green building legislation across the country will face similar scrutiny- particular if litigations like the AHRI case in New Mexico cause legislators to more carefully consider how their regulatory schemes are crafted.
Starwood’s element hotel brand is coming to Mercer County, New Jersey, and raises some interesting green legal questions in the context of franchising arrangements.
Two pieces of green building legislation introduced by a Hudson County legislator are now pending before the New Jersey state legislature in Trenton, and would apply to residential development in the Garden State.
There’s quite a bit of important green building-related activity taking place across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Pending legislation in New Jersey could provide the country’s first sales tax exemption for green building products.