Around the Web in Construction Law – April 23, 2010

These past two weeks, there  were some interesting Chinese Drywall posts, a great deal of Green Building issues in the news and a milestone in modern social networking. Chinese Drywall in Louisiana.  Timothy R. Hughes of the Virginia Real Estate Land Use & Construction Law Blog posted about the Economic Loss Rule as it relates […]

Washington Legislation Wants to Define “Green” Homes

My wife and I were looking for condominiums in the Seattle area a few years ago, and every place we inspected marketed themselves as "green built."   Being a LEEP AP, I asked a few questions about what the label meant.   Most of the time, it meant nothing. That's precisely what a new bill […]

University of Washington Aims to Make Roads Green

Guardian News ran an article last week about "Greenroads," opening with these daunting statistics: With 4m miles of highway, the USA has around 10% of the entire planet's paved roads – and spends $85bn (£52bn) annually on rolling out tens of thousands more miles. Building and maintaining a single mile of freeway takes as much […]

Green Building Regulations: Can the LEED Rating System become law?

There is a growing debate on whether or not legislatures should seek to codify and incorporate provisions of the LEED rating system into state and local law. The debate is now hitting the blogosphere. One of our favorites, Chris Cheatham, over at the Green Building Law Update has theorized that there are three simple reasons […]

Uh-Oh: I Made A LEED Mistake And Don’t Know What To Do

LEED projects are hotter than ever, especially with the amount of public works projects being funded by the Stimulus package. As more and more LEED projects get underway, more and more mistakes occur. Unfortunately, mistakes all too often lead to disputes and litigation. I Don't Get It? LEED What? Here is the readers digest explanation […]

Green Building Council Publishes New Manual on Green Leases

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® has recently released the newest in its line of guidebooks. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the foremost authority in green building construction, conservation and sustainability. Then new guide book is entitled “Green Office Guide: Integrating LEED Into Your Leasing Process” It is a comprehensive guide on […]

Green Building Presents Legal Risks, But Shouldn’t Stop Builders

GreenBuildingElements.com recently posted a blog titled "Are There Any Risks in Building Green?"   The post mentions a survey conducted by the Marsh Green Building Team finding two things that play into builders’ reluctance to construct green projects: financial concerns and legal concerns. Examining the Legal Risks We'll talk about the legal concerns (& have in […]

Lessons about LEED from Hall Winery in California

Hall Vineyards in Napa Valley is one of our favorite wineries (and for you Krewe of Cork folks, they have participated in the NOWFE's Royal Street Stroll the past few years). They are building a new winery in St. Helena and just announced that they have obtained Gold LEED Certification. I wouldn't write about it […]