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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


LEED can Help Mitigate Legal Risks in ESG Disclosures

Public companies in the U.S. find themselves at a dynamic time of emergent environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) disclosures. Vocal socially conscious investors, activist stockholder environmental proxy proposals, and the like are driving companies to make ESG statements. This blog post highlights the legal risk associated with ESG disclosures and proffers that with green building practices companies can mitigate their legal risk while still being responsive to the trend of investor deman...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, California, America, Eu, Environmental, SEC, Deepwater Horizon, Michael Bloomberg, ESG, Environmental Law, Morningstar, U S, Stuart Kaplow, Massey Energy, LEED


LEED Gold-certified Azurmendi crowned Worlds Most Sustainable Restaurant

Three-star Michelin restaurant Azurmendi has once again been crowned the “World’s Most Sustainable Restaurant” by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Noteworthy for its renewable energy systems that offset the building’s carbon footprint, the LEED Gold-certified restaurant has also distinguished itself as a leader of sustainable development with its proactive community role in encouraging knowledge-sharing and a circular economy. Located in Spain near the town of Bilbao, Azurmendi is also currently...
Tags: Design, Spain, World, Architecture, Restaurant, Michelin, Solar Panels, Sustainable Food, Compost, Geothermal Energy, Best Restaurants, Recycled Materials, Rainwater Collection, Leed Gold, Brae, Iberian Peninsula


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


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


LEED Gold-targeted office mimics High Line via lush greenery

New York City’s award-winning High Line has attracted yet another sculptural building to its side — 512 West 22nd Street, a contemporary Chelsea office building that takes cues from the elevated park with landscaped terraces on every floor. Designed by local architecture firm COOKFOX Architects, the new building is inspired by not only its proximity to the High Line, but also the neighborhood’s industrial history. The office is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.  Located adjacent to t...
Tags: Design, NYC, Office, New York City, Architecture, Gallery, Chelsea, Workspace, Contemporary Architecture, Leed Gold, Hudson River, Native Plants, LEED, Granite, Terrace, Terracotta


LEED Gold-targeted Ottawa library will honor local history

After nearly a year of public input by Canadians from coast to coast, Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects has finally revealed renderings for the new Ottawa library and archives. Designed in collaboration with KWC Architects, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility will be an innovative landmark representative of all Canadians. The building will target, at minimum, LEED Gold certification and will reflect the region’s rich history and natural beauty with its...
Tags: Design, Toronto, Library, Architecture, Canada, Gallery, Archives, Quebec, Cafe, Ottawa, Carousel Showcase, Ottawa River, Leed Gold, Community Design, LEED, Nature Inspired Architecture


LEED-Platinum learning lab is a beacon of sustainability

In a bold move to embrace environmental education, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine recently welcomed the Roux Center for the Environment, a new three-story academic building that’s also been certified LEED Platinum. Designed by Cambridge-based architectural firm CambridgeSeven Associates, Inc., the 29,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building brings together faculty and students from across campus into a collaborative setting focused on finding solutions to the world’s environmental challen...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Cambridge, Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, CLT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine, Academic building, Teaching Lab


Century-old building is reborn as a LEED Platinum home in San Francisco

When architect Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture began remodeling his home in San Francisco in the early 2010s, the growing green building movement in the city inspired him to turn his residence — dubbed ‘The Farm’ after its overgrown backyard — into a testing ground and laboratory for sustainable design. From installing renewable energy systems to sourcing sustainable materials, his pursuit of green, net-zero energy standards earned the project LEED Platinum certification. Purchased wi...
Tags: Design, San Francisco, Architecture, Heat Recovery Ventilation, Green Renovation, Net Zero Energy, Sustainable Materials, Leed Platinum, Rainwater Harvesting, LEED, Feldman, Matthew Millman, Water Recycling, The Farm, Sustainable Architecture, Feldman Architecture


ZHA unveils LEED Gold-targeted OPPO headquarters in Shenzhen

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition to design Chinese tech giant OPPO’s new headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Defined by the firm’s signature curvilinear features, the new office complex will comprise four interconnected towers with rounded shapes evocative of giant missiles. Wrapped in glass and filled with natural light, the tapered towers will target LEED Gold certification and are expected to break ground later this year, with completion planned in early 2025. Since la...
Tags: Design, China, Office, Architecture, Beijing, Shenzhen, Natural Light, Oppo, Leed Gold, Shenzhen China, Atrium, LEED, Shenzhen Bay, Plaza, Open-plan, Zaha Hadid Architects


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


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


White, latticed exoskeleton wraps a LEED Platinum office in Madrid

On the side of a large roundabout in Madrid, Spanish architecture firm Rafael de La-Hoz has realized the eye-catching Oxxeo project, a five-story office building with a LEED Platinum Core & Shell certification. The energy-efficient building makes the most of its wedge-shaped plot with an asymmetrical, three-sided design, of which the geometry is emphasized with the building’s three large-scale, lattice facades with a white, rhomboidal pattern. In addition to creating greater visual interest for ...
Tags: Design, Office, Spain, Architecture, Gallery, Madrid, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, Lattice, Double Facade, Double Skin Facade, Office Architecture, David Frutos


179D Tax Deduction Brought Back to Life thru 2020

This past Friday night while aboard Air Force One the President signed legislation reviving the 179D energy efficient commercial buildings tax deduction, providing an enormous and much needed boost to domestic green building. Almost as compelling as the fictional undead being created through reanimation of a corpse, except here there were no zombies involved; it was Congress’ tax extenders bill bringing back to life $35 Billion of expired tax provisions and providing short term extensions to oth...
Tags: Energy, Law, Congress, SEC, Green Building, Air Force, Irs, Federal, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Kaplow, 179d, Section 179d, 45L, Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction, Section 45L


Just When You Thought the Green Building Risk Discussion Was Over. . .

Originally posted 2012-09-10 09:00:00. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Kansas City Science and Technology Center, (Photo credit: Wikipedia) As a reader of Construction Law Musings, you no doubt realize that I am a big proponent of “green” or sustainable building.  I have also been known to sound a bit like Eeyore when discussing the charge into the breach of green building without considering the potential risks.  Thankfully, and despite some of the risk predictions made here (a...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Green Building, Contracts, Eeyore, Richmond VA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, LEED, Building Types, Construction and Maintenance, Construction Law, Business of Construction, International Green Construction Code, Sustainable Architecture, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ENR Magazine


Maryland Schools will No Longer be LEED Certified

In response to legislation enacted by the Maryland General Assembly in 2018, overriding a veto by the Governor, commencing last week new public school building no longer has to be LEED certified or the like. This is a major change in public policy for the Old Line State that has required by law that all new state funding building be third party certified as green for more than a decade, resulting in 161 LEED certified pre K through 12 public schools. But no longer .. Existing State Finance and P...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Green Building, General Assembly, Maryland House, Larry Hogan, Maryland General Assembly, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, USGBC, Green Building Council, Green Globes, IgCC, Kaplow, Maryland Green Building Council, Maryland Department of General Services


2018 IgCC is Not in Use Anywhere. A Detailed Analysis of Why?

The 2018 International Green Construction Code was released on November 8, 2018 but more than a year later, it has not been adopted anywhere. The 203 page document available from the ICC for sale to the public, .. click here for a free read only copy of the 2018 IgCC, is an entirely new standard and bears little, if any relationship to earlier IgCC versions. Which at first blush might appear to not necessarily a bad thing, given that the IgCC, first published in 2009, has only been adopted, in w...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Green, West, Local Government, Icc, East, IES, Hammurabi, Stuart Kaplow, ANSI, U S Green Building Council, LEED, American Institute of Architects, Green Globes, IgCC


Greenbuild was Proof Positive that LEED is Thriving

The just completed 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta is absolute proof that the LEED green building rating system, with more than 100,000 projects registered and certified, is thriving. The theme of this year’s Greenbuild was “A New Living Standard,” that everyone, regardless of background or circumstance, deserves a safe and healthy place to call home. And much of the underlying messaging was about how to talk about green building to those outside of the green tent, s...
Tags: Law, Barack Obama, Atlanta, New York Times, Mexico City, San Diego, Green Building, Dublin, Churchill, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, USGBC, Bengaluru India, Greenbuild, Kaplow, Lorax Partnerships


PFOA Contamination is Found in 49 States

Two weeks ago, New York Attorney General Letitia James commenced a civil suit against the nation’s largest chemical manufacturers and several firefighting foam makers for what the complaint alleges is contamination of water supplies across the state with PFOAs, averring strict liability for public nuisance, strict products liability for defective products, strict products liability for failure to warn, and seeking restitution. That lawsuit is in addition to the hundreds of PFOA suits pending acr...
Tags: New York, Legal, Law, Congress, Eu, Environmental, United States, Epa, PFA, U S Navy, U S Air Force, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, PFOA, Letitia James, Clarkson University


BIGs LEED Gold-seeking school in Arlington features a cascade of green terraces

After five years in the making, BIG has completed The Heights, a new public school building in Arlington, Virginia that not only offers a unique and energy-efficient take on school architecture, but also helps maximize density and open space. Located along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, The Heights combines two existing secondary schools into a new 180,000-square-foot building that opens like a fan with a cascade of green-roofed terraces to provide an indoor-outdoor learning landscape. An emphas...
Tags: School, Design, Virginia, Architecture, Urban Design, Nepal, Schools, Big, Brick, Natural Light, Green Roof, Leed Gold, School Architecture, Bjarke Ingels Group, Arlington, Atrium


What You Can Say about RECs is Regulated by the FTC

Businesses who generate renewable energy, say, by using solar panels, but sell the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for the renewable energy they generate shouldn’t claim they “use” renewable energy. The Federal Trade Commissions has advised that such a claim would be deceptive. The guidance from the FTC is not new, but as renewable energy becomes more prevalent, increasingly businesses are making claims about their green energy. This guidance from the FTC may seem counterintuitive, but it is con...
Tags: Energy, Law, Green Power, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Solar Panel, Federal, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Pikachu, Recs, Green Building Council, Kaplow, Green Guide, Green Guides, Environmental Attorney


LEED-certified 'Cocoon House' has colored skylights that create rainbows inside the home

The Hamptons have long been known as a summertime haven for busy New Yorkers, and one architect has created a personal retreat that pays homage to the region’s vernacular in a very unique way. Nina Edwards Anker of nea studio has unveiled the Cocoon House, a gorgeous, LEED-certified family home that is “cocooned” into a curvaceous shell, where colorful skylights reflect rainbows throughout the interior. Located on the coast of Southampton, New York, the Cocoon House is a curved volume clad in c...
Tags: Utah, Design, Anker, LEED, Goethe, Cocoon House, Southampton New York, Nina Edwards Anker, Caylon Hackwith


Sculptural, solar-powered home generates more energy than it uses

In the Texan suburb of Addison just north of Dallas, 5G Studio Collaborative has completed the Winnwood Residence, a contemporary home that blurs the line between the indoors and out. Certified LEED Platinum, the single-family home offsets all its energy use with a 10 kW rooftop solar array and geothermal wells drilled beneath the driveway. Walls of glass, large skylights and outdoor living spaces immerse the residents in the landscape and help bring in natural light and ventilation to reduce th...
Tags: Texas, Design, Austin, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Dallas, Solar, Carousel Showcase, Leed Platinum, Addison, U S Department of the Interior, Texas Parks Wildlife Department, LEED, Solar-powered, Boston Ivy


Government to Allow Less Lead in Drinking Water

EPA is expected to publish this week in the Federal Register the first proposed regulatory revisions to the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for lead in more than 30 years. The United States has made tremendous progress in lowering children’s blood lead levels (.. children are a good data set analogous to the broader population). As a result of multiple Federal laws, including the 1973 phase-out of lead in automobile gasoline, the 1978 Federal regulation banning lead paint for resident...
Tags: Law, Congress, Environmental, United States, Epa, Federal, Flint Michigan, Lead, Lead In Drinking Water, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, Kaplow, Lead In Water, Maryland environmental law, Maryland environmental attorney, National Primary Drinking Water Regulation


Controversial climate change-inspired skyscraper could become Czech Republics tallest building

Inspired by the apocalyptic imagery from climate change projections, sculptor David Černý and architect Tomáš Císař from the studio Black n´ Arch have proposed a visually striking skyscraper that’s sparked controversy with its inclusion of an enormous shipwreck-like structure. Dubbed the TOP TOWER, the project proposed for Prague rises to a height of 450 feet, which means that if built, the tower would be the tallest building in the Czech Republic. The project is led by developer Trigema who aim...
Tags: Design, Climate Change, Architecture, Czech Republic, Prague, Gallery, Carousel Showcase, Energy Efficient Architecture, Shipwreck, Leed Gold, Observation Tower, LEED, David Cerny, Mixed-use Development, Panoramic Views, Post-Apocalyptic


LEED Offers Companies a Response to Declining Bird Populations

In response to a much publicized new study on North American bird populations that appeared in the journal Science last month, we received a significant number of inquiries from businesses about what an appropriate response might be from a responsible company? The study found “cumulative loss of nearly three billion birds since 1970, across most North American biomes, signals a pervasive and ongoing avifaunal crisis.” Since 1970, the researchers estimated, the North American bird population had ...
Tags: Law, Americas, Environmental, United States, Peru, ESG, Wildlife Service, Smithsonian Institution, Stuart Kaplow, LEED, USGBC, Green Building Council, Kaplow, Urban Green Council, LEED v4.1, Maryland environmental law


LEED Platinum Sitka captures the Pacific Northwest spirit with a lush, fog-enabled courtyard

Local architectural practice Runberg Architecture Group has raised the bar for sustainable design in Seattle with the completion of Sitka, a LEED Platinum-certified multifamily development on target to achieve Seattle’s 2030 Challenge for Planning goals of reducing water and energy use. Built to use nearly a third less energy than the typical baseline design, the 384-unit development features numerous energy-saving systems — Sitka is the nation’s first multifamily project to use a Wastewater Hea...
Tags: Design, Washington, Led, Architecture, Energy Efficiency, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Recycled Materials, Treehouse, Energy Efficient Architecture, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, Courtyard, San Juan Islands, Sitka, LEED


Greenbuild – The Target Rich Environment for Green People

I am often asked, “how can I expand my green building business?” And I have offered the same response for more than a decade – attend the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (.. yes, you will have to talk with people while you are there). This year Greenbuild is in Atlanta from November 19 thru 22 with some of the best original programming on “disaster prep” (.. more than food prep). Greenbuild has become much more than only “green building” as sustainability has become woven into the f...
Tags: Law, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin, Green Building, Informa, Stan Lee, LEED, National Institute, USGBC, Greenbuild, Gaithersburg Maryland, Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Informa Exhibitions USGBC


USGBC Wants You to Comment on the Next Version of LEED

The U. S. Green Building Council is looking for the future of LEED and has officially opened a call for feedback and ideas for the next version of LEED. This is an opportunity for anyone and everyone to influence the next version of the most widely used green building rating system in the world. With more than 98,000 projects participating in LEED across 167 countries and more than 2.6 million square feet certified LEED every day, there are other ways to construct a green building, but LEED is n...
Tags: Law, Atlanta, Green Building, Beta, Stuart Kaplow, U S Green Building Council, LEED, USGBC, Melissa Baker, Greenbuild, Mahesh Ramanujam, Environmental Attorney, LEED v4.1, Environmental Lawyer, LEED v5, LEED Technical Core


Maryland Reverting to Certifiable In Lieu of Certified Green Building

In response to an act of the Maryland legislature in 2018, the state is proposing a watershed revamp of its current mandatory green building requirements for new public school buildings. The public is being invited to comment on the proposal. Existing State Finance and Procurement Section 4-809(f) was amended adding new section (6), providing in relevant part, the Maryland Green Building Council shall: .. (6) Develop guidelines for new public school buildings to achieve the equivalent of the cur...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Green Building, Well, Icc, Environmental Law, Stuart Kaplow, Green Business Certification Inc, LEED, USGBC, Department of General Services, Green Globes, IgCC, International Green Construction Code, Kaplow, Living Building Challenge