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Four New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19

This blog post is an update to my June 6th post, Two New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19, describing that the U.S. Green Building Council has now added two additional Pilot Credits responding to the novel coronavirus. You may reasonably infer that I have posted an update (.. something I rarely do) because I believe the two new LEED pilot credits can contribute to a meaningful consideration of how to adapt to keep people safe in buildings and how to mitigate risk to owners of those buildin...
Tags: Law, Cdc, America, Green Building, Epa, U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, LEED pilot credit, COVID-19, COVID, INpc136, INpc137, AIA Re, INpc138


Green is the new black: 3 green living misconceptions debunked

As we move to a healthier and more conscious way of life, our homes will, too. Here's how making eco-conscious choices will come into play for consumers in a post-COVID-19 world — plus, a few myths debunked.
Tags: Opinion, Lifestyle, Sustainability, Service, Radio, Agent, Green Building, Green Living, Brokerage, Select, Green Property, HVAC system, Post-COVID-19, Eco-conscious Construction, Krion countertops, Lisa Troyano-Ascolese


Two New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19

America is reopening including physically opening its buildings and the U.S. Green Building Council has announced that LEED will play a role in confronting risk in the post coronavirus pandemic era. Last week Mahesh Ramanujam, the President & CEO of USGBC announced in a published letter that the “second generation at USGBC will focus on our relevant and reimagined vision: Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.” He acknowledged that in a post pandemic world, unlike any other m...
Tags: Law, America, Environmental, Green Building, Stuart Kaplow, U S Green Building Council, LEED, USGBC, Kaplow, Mahesh Ramanujam, Environmental Attorney, Coronavirus, COVID-19, INpc136, INpc137, AIA Re


COVID 19 Commercial Building Liability

With all 50 states now in some stage of reopening from coronavirus pandemic closures, many commercial real estate owners are questioning if they can be liable for damages when someone, whether an employee of the business tenant or someone else, claims to have contracted COVID-19 at their building. Obviously courts have never addressed a situation like the coronavirus pandemic (.. there was not a mature plaintiff’s bar during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic), and this evolving and rapidly growing e...
Tags: New York, Maryland, Law, Congress, California, Cdc, San Francisco, Environmental, Miami, Green Building, Epa, Andrew Cuomo, Cbre, Premises Liability, Stuart Kaplow, Kaplow


The New and Improved 2020 ICC 700 National Green Building Standard

The 2020 version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is now available for free download and public use. You care about this because the NGBS is the most used green building standard in the United States. As of April 1, 2020, more than 216,000 residential dwellings have been certified to the NGBS through NGBS Green, the third-party certification program administered by Home Innovation Research Labs. And yes, that is more domestic certifications than LEED and Green Globes combin...
Tags: Law, United States, Green Building, Icc, Shrewsbury, Stuart Kaplow, ANSI, National Association of Home Builders, LEED, Green Globes, IgCC, Kaplow, NAHB, Bronze Silver Gold, ICC 700, National Green Building Standard


COVID-19 and the Risk from Recirculated Air in Buildings

The Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations (REHVA) has in recent days issued guidance on how to occupy commercial and public buildings, from offices to schools, “in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.” As Americans begin to end coronavirus lockdowns, which were of course intended to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed but not reducing the number of people who will ultimately get infected, with no vaccine yet available, much of the instruction ...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Law, America, Environmental, Who, Green Building, State, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Kaplow, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Federation of European Heating Ventilation, Air Conditioning Associations REHVA


MIT students painstakingly recreated their iconic campus in 'Minecraft' — take a look

MIT students are recreating their Cambridge, Massachusetts campus on "Minecraft" after COVID-19 ended their semester early. Events including graduations and weddings have been moved online to "Minecraft," "Animal Crossing," and other online games since the coronavirus spread throughout the world. Most US colleges have moved to remote learning for the rest of the semester, and now even the return to campus in the fall is in question. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coro...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Boston, US, Trends, Mit, Cambridge, Green Building, Minecraft, Red Sox, Business Insider, Mbta, Cambridge Massachusetts, McCormick, Massachusetts Avenue, Charles River


LEEDigation: A Different Take

Originally posted 2015-01-30 09:48:16. This weeks Guest Post Friday at Musings is a real treat. Sara Sweeney is a registered architect, LEED AP and GreenFaith Fellow in religious environmental leadership. Her 18-year architectural career reflects her passion and commitment to sustainable building design and stewardship of our natural environment. She is the founder of EcoVision LLC, a solutions-based research and consulting firm, grounded in sustainable design practices, environmental stewards...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Earth, Guest Post, Green Building, Construction, Lawyer, Attorney, Richmond, Richmond VA, Green Globes, Guest Post Friday, Chris Cheatham, Ecobuild, Sara Sweeney, Green Building Litigation


Nature-inspired home uses passive design to stay cool in Taiwan

Just outside Kaohsiung’s city center, Taiwanese architecture firm Chain10 Architecture & Interior Design Institute has completed Comfort in Context, a contemporary new home nestled in a lush hillside. Crafted as a respite in nature, the building is set far back from the road and is wrapped in floor-to-ceiling glazing to take in mountain views. Nature also informed the design and orientation of the home, which relies on cross breezes and strategically located roof eaves to stay naturally cool whi...
Tags: Design, Taiwan, Architecture, Green Building, Carbon Footprint, Recycled Materials, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Design, Solar Gain, Kaohsiung, Open-plan, Beech, Chain10 Architecture Interior Design Institute, Interior Design Institute Photography, Moooten Studio Qimin Wu


Green design at Te Mirumiru center honors Maori history

Architecture encompasses a lot of things. It’s art. It’s function. It’s culture. The Te Mirumiru Early Childhood Education Centre is an example of all three, with the added achievement of a low environmental impact.  The setting is Kawakawa, New Zealand, and the client is a Maori tribe looking for a school that represents the history of the land and its people. In coordination with Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA), the project adopted many symbols from the beliefs of the Maori people. T...
Tags: Design, Bali, Architecture, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Green Building, Australasia, Green Design, Green Roof, Passive Design, Green School, Collingridge, Sustainable Architecture, Greenstar, World Green Building Council, Te Mirumiru


LEED Platinum high-rise in Toronto promotes sustainable living

Aqualina at Bayside, a new multistory residence in Toronto, has just earned LEED Platinum certification — a first for a high-rise condo in Toronto and the second designation for a building of its kind in all of Canada. Developed by Hines Canada and Tridel, Aqualina was created as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the city’s waterfront with sustainable design. As the flagship condominium residence in the masterplanned Bayside Toronto Community, Aqualina is the first of four residential proj...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Architecture, Canada, Green Building, Redevelopment, Recycled, Leed Platinum, Bayside, Bayside Village, Waterfront, LEED, Community Garden, Aqualina, Condominium, low VOC


Eco-friendly spiritual living at Holy Wisdom Monastery

A basket of bread comes around, and the person next to me removes a chunk, holds it up and says, “Bread of life.” I accept it and do the same for the person on my other side. It’s the first time I’ve ever attended a religious service so egalitarian that all participants are assumed qualified to give each other communion. Earlier, the part of the service where folks exchanged the sign of peace seemed to go on forever; instead of a restrained handshake with their nearest neighbors, people were wal...
Tags: Design, New York City, Religion, US, Features, Architecture, West, Iowa, Wisconsin, Catholic Church, Green Building, Catholic, Times, Madison, Pew Research Center, Benedictine


Local earth bricks form this inspiring co-working space in Ouagadougou

unlimitedJCA, the pro-bono branch of Prague-based design studio Jakub Cigler Architekti, has completed JUMPHUB, a co-working space for young professionals in the Burkina Faso capital that also raises awareness for sustainable architecture. Constructed with the help of the local community, the building is primarily built of compressed earth bricks in celebration of local materials and also follows passive design principles for natural cooling. Completed in August 2019 and financed by the Czech E...
Tags: Design, London, Architecture, Prague, Solar, Green Building, Burkina Faso, Co-working, Sustainable Materials, Ouagadougou, Accra, Pro Bono, Czech Embassy, Humanitarian Architecture, Co-working Space, Stack Effect


First CLT Passive House project in Boston breaks ground

Move over steel and concrete — a pioneering cross-laminated timber (CLT) project that’s set to break ground in Boston could spearhead a greater adoption of mass timber across the country. Local startup Generate Architecture + Technologies has teamed up with progressive developer Placetailor to lead the project — the city’s first-ever CLT Cellular Passive House Demonstration Project — and provide live/work spaces in Lower Roxbury. Developed with the startup’s Model-C system for prefabricated kit-...
Tags: Design, Boston, Architecture, Innovation, Solar, Green Building, Passive House, Modular, Prefab, Cross Laminated Timber, Prefab Housing, Southern Hemisphere, CLT, Sustainable Architecture, Prefabrication, Mass Timber


179D Tax Deduction Allocated from Government Buildings

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation reviving the Section 179D energy efficient commercial building tax deduction and while much has been written about the much needed boost to green building, little has been said about the enormous benefits available from government owned buildings. The § 179D federal tax deduction was brought back from the dead. This was Congress’ tax extenders bill bringing back to life expired tax provisions. This post will not consider the extended tax bre...
Tags: Energy, Law, Congress, Environmental, SEC, Green Building, Department Of Energy, Irs, Big Pharma, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Federal State, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, 179d, Section 179d


CLT gives a sustainable community center in Copenhagen a welcoming feel

In the Copenhagen suburb of Brønshøj, local architectural practice NORD Architects has completed the Parish Center, a contemporary community center and place of worship that’s primarily built of cross-laminated timber to reduce the project’s carbon footprint. Selected for its renewable and durable features, the cross-laminated timber has also been purposefully left exposed throughout the multifunctional building to lend a sense of welcoming and warmth to the interior. The project serves as a gat...
Tags: Garden, Design, Church, Architecture, Denmark, Green Building, Copenhagen, Malmo, Community Center, Cross Laminated Timber, Parish Center, CLT, Curved Walls, Natural Materials, Mass Timber, Nord Architects


NASA plans to use mushrooms to build sustainable housing on Mars like this one!

Let’s accept it – climate change is the biggest design problem of our lifetime. It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, every brand from fashion to mental health and even construction is incorporating sustainable solutions in their work. In fact, a recent exhibition in Somerset, London was dedicated entirely to “the remarkable mushroom” showcasing its versatility. I am curious how mushrooms are used for construction given that that particular industry contributes to 39% of the world’s carb...
Tags: Energy, Home, Design, Living, Nasa, Earth, Architecture, Biodegradable, Green Building, Packaging, Construction, Mars, Sustainable, Product Design, Eco-friendly, Sustainable Design


Water Street Tampa hits major sustainability milestone

Back in June 2019, Inhabitat did a story about Florida’s Water Street Tampa and its goal to become the world’s healthiest neighborhood. Fast forward to January 2020, and the ambitious 56-acre neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Tampa is making headlines again with its new cooling plant, one of the first buildings to open. The District Cooling Plant will produce and distribute cold water to provide sustainable air conditioning to most of the buildings that make up Water Street Tampa.  Tampa Ma...
Tags: Florida, Design, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Tampa, Sustainable Materials, Ybor City, Water Street Tampa, Jane Castor, Downtown Tampa, District Cooling Plant, Water Street Tampa Tampa, Baker Barrios, Tampa Bay Trane


Kendeda, a net-positive Living Building, opens at Georgia Tech

After a visit to the Bullitt Center in Seattle, Diana Blank was inspired to fund a similar project in Georgia. Taking action, she founded the Kendeda Fund and funded it with $30 million to donate toward the cause. Georgia Tech is the recipient of Blank’s vision with a project by Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership that resulted in a Living Building. The net-positive Kendeda Building opened for classes in January 2020 and provides a place for learning and a template for innovative, ...
Tags: Design, Georgia, Architecture, Schools, Green Building, Green Design, Georgia Tech, Passive Design, Blank, Living Building Challenge, Net Positive, Kendeda Building, Kendeda, Seattle Diana Blank, Aeck Sargent, Miller Hull Partnership


Changing Landscape: How Can Construction Professionals Keep Up?

Originally posted 2010-10-13 09:10:19. For this week’s Guest Post Friday, Musings welcomes Imad Naffa.  Imad is the Founder and President of NAFFA International, a private Building Code Consulting Services company in Fresno, CA. He is also the Developer and Administrator of the Building Code Discussions Group (BCDG), one of the largest building code online communities on the internet with 19,000+ members from 100+ countries. You can also find him on the web where he runs a blog that deals with...
Tags: Law, Marketing, Fresno, Social Media, Green, Guest Post, Green Building, Construction, Imad, Standard of Care, Guest Post Friday, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings Richmond VA, LEED AP, Building Code, Imad Naffa Imad


Low Carbon Concrete for the First Time Required by Law

The negative environmental impact of concrete, the most common man made substance on Earth, has not been meaningfully responded to in 2020. Cement use in concrete is the largest single material source of greenhouse gas emissions in building. Concrete is the largest single material source of embodied emissions in buildings, and makes for more than 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Embodied (or embedded) emissions are emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by making ...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, California, Senate, Sydney, Portland, Local Government, Green Building, New River Gorge, Concrete, Marin County, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Kaplow, Cement, Environmental Attorney


Zero-carbon home uses hemp fiber for innovative design

As designers and architects continue searching for innovative, sustainable building materials, hemp is becoming a front runner in the world of green design. In fact, London-based firm Practice Architecture collaborated with local hemp farmers in Cambridgeshire for the Flat House — a zero-carbon home built using hemp grown on-site. To create the amazing home, Practice Architecture’s team headed to Margent Farm, a massive 53-acre farming facility in rural Cambridgeshire that cultivates its own he...
Tags: Design, London, Israel, Architecture, Gallery, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Cambridgeshire, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Green Architecture, Dezeen, Post-format-gallery, Green Home Design, Hemp Design


Modern farmhouse in Italy pays homage to its agricultural surroundings

Tucked into the rolling wheat fields of the Italian region of Le Marche, the Border Crossing House is a private residence that pays homage to the area’s rich agricultural history. Designed by Italian firm Simone Subissati Architects, the project manages to skillfully blend a traditional barn volume with several contemporary features, creating a light-filled family home that fits respectfully into its idyllic setting. Located in Polverigi, just outside of Ancona, the Border Crossing House is set...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Italy, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Passive House, Ancona, Le Marche, Bioclimatic, Barn Homes, Water Collection Systems, Simone Subissati Architects, Border Crossing House, Polverigi, Simone Subissati, Alessandro Magi Galluzzi


This dynamic parking garage doubles as a public sculpture

In Denmark’s fourth-largest city of Aalborg, Copenhagen-based architecture firm Sangberg has designed a deceptively simple parking garage that offers much more than parking spaces. Dubbed the Parking House G2, the monolithic building features a dynamic and lightweight facade of extruded aluminum slats that “animates itself” in different ways depending on how and from where it’s viewed. The aluminum slats of the playful graphic facade were also engineered with reusability in mind and to encourage...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Aluminum, Denmark, Green Building, Reuse, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, Aalborg, Public Sculpture, Aalborg Copenhagen, Sangberg, Nyhavnsgade, Aalborg Municipality


Passive House principles inspire this sustainable home

Australian architecture firm POLYstudio has recently completed A House for All Seasons, a contemporary family home with an emphasis on energy efficiency. Designed for a young family, the sustainable new dwelling has a flexible layout to accommodate the clients’ evolving needs within a relatively compact footprint. The project’s adherence to the principles of the Passive House standard along with native, drought-tolerant landscaping helps reduce the home’s carbon footprint. Located in an inner-c...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, House, Green Building, Melbourne, Passive House, Passive Solar, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Contemporary Architecture, Passive Design, Daniel Wolkenberg


3XN unveils new, sustainable building for UNSW Sydney

Following a rigorous international competition, Danish architectural firm 3XN has won the bid to design the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new Multipurpose Building — a project that the architects say will have a “focus on resilience and environmental sustainability.” Proposed for the northeast gate (Gate 9) of the UNSW main Kensington campus in Sydney, the Multipurpose Building will serve as a vibrant campus gateway close to a soon-to-open light rail station. The building will emphasize ...
Tags: Design, Australia, Architecture, Gallery, Sydney, Green Building, Copenhagen, Kensington, Big, Green Design, Carousel Showcase, Sustainable Design, Natural Ventilation, Daylighting, School Architecture, Passive Design


Lush Sky Green towers are the first of their kind in Taichung

Taichung, Taiwan has taken yet another step toward becoming a greener, more livable city with the recent completion of Sky Green, a sustainably minded, mixed-use development. Designed by Singaporean architecture firm WOHA, the high-rise is named after its inclusion of sky gardens and terraces that are filled with lush, subtropical greenery. The project’s integration of green spaces is expected to raise the city’s standards for “skyrise greenery” in future sustainable developments. As an expert ...
Tags: Smart City, Design, Singapore, Taiwan, Architecture, Urban Design, Green Building, High-rise, Mixed-use, Courtyard, Taichung, Mixed-use Development, Sky Garden, Taichung Taiwan, Sustainable City, Residential Tower


COBE unveils images of LEED Gold-targeted Adidas HQ in Germany

After a year of operation, sportswear titan Adidas has finally released images of its new LEED Gold-seeking headquarters building in Herzogenaurach, Germany. Designed by Danish architecture firm COBE, the multipurpose building optimizes the work environment with a strong indoor-outdoor connection achieved with walls of glass, soaring skylights and an abundance of greenery throughout the building. Fittingly named HALFTIME, the versatile facility marks COBE’s first completed project in Germany. C...
Tags: Design, Germany, Adidas, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Copenhagen, Natural Light, Leed Gold, Skylight, Office Building, COBE, Green Wall, HERZOGENAURACH Germany, Adidas HQ, Natural Materials


Top 10 Environmental Blog Posts for the Roaring ‘20s

As we begin the new decade of the Roaring ‘20s we are incredibly excited about the prospects for environmental law. We are supremely confident that our business philosophy of “environmental risk as an opportunity” remains right for the times. This blog will continue in 2020 providing strategic intelligence on environmental law, including critical insights into sustainability and green building for the business community, .. not just for lawyers. As we look for news and insights into the trends t...
Tags: Law, Trends, Environmental, Green Building, Ftc, Stuart Kaplow, George Santayana, LEED, Kaplow, 179d, Maryland environmental law, Maryland environmental attorney, Maryland Schools


LEED and Effective Job Creation

Originally posted 2012-01-20 09:00:05. Image via Wikipedia For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Construction Law Musings, we welcome back Elaine Hirsch.  Elaine describes herself as a kind of a jack-of-all-interests, from education and history to medicine and videogames. This makes it difficult to choose just one life path, so she is currently working as a writer for various education-related sites and writing about all these things instead. While layoffs and business closings are maki...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Guest Post, Green Building, Sustainable Energy, Rosie, Elaine, Richmond VA, US Green Building Council, Pew Charitable Trust, Guest Post Friday, Business of Construction, Construction Law Musings, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Building Litigation, Elaine Hirsch Elaine