Green Retrofit Movement Hits Major Cities

Although in the past the majority of sustainable construction activity has been focused on new construction, today there is a movement in major cities toward green retrofits in both privately and publicly owned buildings. According to the United States Green Building Council, a “green retrofit” refers to upgrades to an existing building that improve energy […]

LEED faces Challenge from Industry Group American High-Performance Buildings Coalition

the American Chemistry Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers along with 27 other organizations are seeking to to promote green building ratings systems as an alternative to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Calling themselves the “The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition,” they have […]

United States a Top Country for Green Building

Lux Research released a study July 5 finding that the United States, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, and Germany are the top global hotspots for green building investment. According to Lux Research’s report, buildings consume the majority of the world’s energy and are responsible for a majority of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions. Energy security, environmental, […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Claims LEED Government Projects

State and local governments have enacted a variety of incentives to encourage energy efficient “green” design and construction practices. Projects owned or leased by government authorities are often subject to mandatory green requirements. Private development is often encouraged to go “green” through contractual or tax-related incentives. Promoters of green building features often tout the cost […]

Green Building Legal Issues – LEEDigation

The New York State Bar Association has an interesting new article in its February 2012 Journal about green building and legal issues arising from it. Entitled “Leedigation” – The Latest on Leed and Green Building Legal Issues, the article, written by Earl K. Cantwell, Esq., goes into depth about the Leed green building rating system […]