September 01, 2017

Sustainability Gets Serious: Drafting Multi-Tenant Office Leases for Net Zero Energy Buildings

Cara A. Carmichael, Laurence G. Preble, Evan L. Randall, and Beat U. Steiner

Reprinted with permission from Probate & Property magazine, September/October 2017 (31:5), at 34-37. ©2017 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.


“Net zero energy” has a nice ring to it. These three words capture the imagination and fire the soul of many innovators in the building and energy industry. Constructing “green buildings” has been a popular goal for many years, but there is now an interest in seeking net zero energy. Green building, also called sustainable building, consists of constructing and operating buildings in a manner that has a lesser impact on the environment than conventionally built structures. Net zero buildings attempt to take one aspect of green building, the energy use of the building, even further.

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