Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Book: Environmental Law: Green Buildings and Sustainable Development

Current Critical Issues In Environmental Law: Green Buildings and Sustainable Development

Authors: Mark J Bennett; J Cullen Howe; James L Newman / Publisher: LexisNexis Matthew Bender / Format: Book / ISBN: 9781422424537 ; 1422424537 / 2008 / xii, 54 pp. / $ 75.00

The era of green building has arrived! Buildings have a major impact on the environment and use large amounts of energy and other resources. A recent study found that buildings in the United States account for 39% of total energy use, 12% of total water consumption, 68% of total electricity consumption, and 38% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Green buildings, on the other hand, are built to efficiently use land and energy, conserve water, improve indoor and outdoor air quality, conserve resources, and increase the use of recycled materials, all of which lead to reduced operating costs that enhance the overall value of such buildings.

With this new pamphlet, you’ll get an overview of some of the leading drivers behind the green building revolution as well as legislative and regulatory efforts to guide its course.

  • Find out what makes buildings green

  • Review examples of green building practices

  • Learn about the pros and cons of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system

  • Familiarize yourself with the federal, state and local initiatives applicable to green building, and

  • Get practical advice on avoiding risks before entering into green building projects

Along with discussion of the legal issues, you’ll also get handy reference materials including a bibliography of relevant books and articles and a directory of useful websites such as those of the United States Green Building Council and the Energy Star® Program.

§ 1.01 Introduction

[1] What Makes Buildings “Green?”

[2] Environmental Impact of Building

[3] Benefits of “Green” Buildings

§ 1.02 Green Building Practices

§ 1.03 Green Rating Systems

§ 1.04 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)

[1] Background and Development of LEED

[2] LEED Rating Systems

[3] LEED Certification

[4] Criticisms of LEED

[5] Transactional LEED Considerations
[a] Introduction
[b] First Consideration—Which LEED Rating System Applies?
[c] Second Consideration—Which Version of LEED Applies?
[d] Third Consideration—What Is the Rating Goal Within the Particular Rating System?
[e] Fourth Consideration—Long-Term Compliance

§ 1.05 Federal Government Initiatives

[1] Overview

[2] EPA’s Energy Star® Program

[3] Energy Policy Act of 1992

[4] Executive Order 13123

[5] Energy Policy Act of 2005

[6] Sustainable Buildings Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

[7] Executive Order 13423[8] Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

§ 1.06 State Initiatives

[1] Introduction

[2] Publicly Owned or Financed Buildings
[a] Aspirational Legislation

[b] Laws and Initiatives Mandating Implementation of Green Building Standards

[3] Privately-Owned or Financed Buildings
[a] Aspirational Legislation

[b] Legislation Mandating Implementation of Green Building Standards

[4] Legislation Affecting Both the Public and Private Sectors

[5] Green Building Tax Incentives

[6] State Energy Codes

§ 1.07 Local Initiatives

[1] Introduction

[2] Municipal Laws and Regulations Regarding Public Buildings

[3] Municipal Laws and Regulations Regarding Private Buildings

[4] Municipal Laws Affecting Both Public and Private Buildings

§ 1.08 Non-Governmental Initiatives

§ 1.09 Common Legal Issues Involved in Green Construction

[1] Background

[2] “Green” Certification

[3] Liability for Design Professionals

[4] Selection of Design Professionals

[5] Accurate Survey of Existing State and Local Green Building Legislation

[6] Incorporating Green Elements into Construction Adds Additional Layer of Complexity

[7] Warranty and Guaranty Language

[8] Negotiating Agreements

[9] Performance Contracts

§ 1.10 Bibliography

[1] Books

[2] Articles

§ 1.11 Internet Directory

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