Last week, a federal appeals court brought back from the dead, a more than $6 Million lawsuit filed over materials supplied in 2000 for the first ever LEED certified Platinum building.
On July 1st the U.S. Green Building Council released a change to LEED classifying electronic cigarettes as a form of tobacco smoking for the purposes of the smoking prohibitions of the LEED Environmental Quality Prerequisite 2, Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control, which is also applicable to LEED v4.
Revocation of LEED Certification is the title of the largest section within the U.S. Green Building Council’s Guide to LEED Certification: Commercial. The more than 2,800 word section consumes over 3 pages of the 7 page guide; far more words are dedicated to revocation than any other topic.
House Bill 207, approved unanimously in both the Maryland House and Senate and expected to be signed by Governor Martin O’Malley this Thursday, May 15, 2014 broadens the definition of a “high performance building” to include any building that complies with a nationally recognized and accepted green building code, guideline, or standard that is reviewed and recommended by the Maryland Green Building Council and approved by the Secretaries of Budget and Management and General Services.
Today 20 states allow medical marijuana use and Colorado and Washington state have laws allowing recreational marijuana use. Colorado started allowing recreational marijuana use in January and Washington is expected to allow sales this summer.
On March 18th the Tomkins County legislature enacted a new local law providing for up to a 10 year property tax abatement for construction achieving LEED certification.
Earlier this month, while few people were watching, the 20,000th LEED commercial project was certified! Wow.
Last Friday, the U.S. General Services Administration announced that it has issued its recommendation on the federal government’s use of third party green building certification systems.
If a Tree Falls in the Forest and No One Has Heard That the Approval of the New Version of LEED Green Building Standard Has Been Appealed
At least 2 appeals have been taken from the vote to adopt LEED v4. On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council announced that its membership had voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s most widely utilized third party validated green building rating system.
In the United States, sustainable building initiatives and resource-efficient engineering and construction practices help businesses large and small minimize adverse environmental impacts and save money.