October 01, 2012

The Law of Green Buildings

JoAnne L. Dunec

J. Cullen Howe and Michael B. Gerrard, eds., The Law of Green Buildings: Regulatory and Legal Issues in Design, Construction, Operations, and Financing, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2010.

[T]he practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or “high performance” building.

—U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Although green building is seemingly the purview of architects, engineers, contractors, and suppliers, as illuminated in The Law of Green Buildings, there are emerging legal issues involving green building. State and local governments are increasingly adopting a variety of types of “green” legislation. Various green building rating systems are being developed and used. “Green” leases are more prevalent. “Green” is increasingly perceived as desirable in the marketplace. The Law of Green Buildings explores each of these subject areas and related legal issues.

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