Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

Recently, the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, New York, was awarded “living” status by the International Living Building Institute (ILBI), one of only two buildings to receive such a designation. The ILBI is a non-governmental organization that was founded by the Cascadia Green Building Council.  In 2006, the Council created the Living Building […]

New York City’s GHG emissions dropped 4.2% last year, the largest drop since 2006 and enough to put it on track to meet its goal of a 30% reduction below 2005 levels by 2030, according to the Inventory of New York City’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions released on September 29, 2010. According to the Inventory, the […]

On October 15, 2010, the Canadian province of Manitoba announced changes to its residential building and plumbing codes.  According to government officials, these changes, which will apply to new and renovated homes, will make Manitoba one of the most energy-efficient jurisdictions in North America and will help it meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas […]

On October 15, 2010, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed a rule (located at 75 Fed. Reg. 63404) that would require new and substantially renovated federal buildings to be entirely free of fossil fuels used for energy consumption by 2030. The proposal would require covered buildings to reduce fossil fuel-generated energy consumption by 55 percent […]

Public Architecture, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, has released the Design for Reuse Primer as a publication and website. This project seeks to demystify and promote building material reuse for green building professionals and was funded by a U.S. Green Building Council grant.  While green buildings often incorporate sustainably harvested materials or materials with recycled content, […]

On October 13, 2010, New York City enacted four more recommendations of the New York City Green Codes Task Force, bringing the total number of Task Force recommendations adopted by the City to 16.  The new laws are aimed at lowering water consumption in buildings. One of the laws (Intro. 271) requires that dual-flush toilets […]

On October 6, 2010, New York City enacted five laws that will improve the energy efficiency of new and renovated buildings.  The new laws incorporate the recommendations of the New York City Green Codes Task Force, which was jointly created by the Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  These laws bring to 12 the number of […]

Today, a class action lawsuit was filed by Henry Gifford against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Gifford, an engineer, is a well-known critic of USGBC and its LEED rating system. The lawsuit alleges violations of the Sherman and Lanham Acts for “deceiving […]

As part of the Center for Climate Change Law’s efforts to continually improve its model municipal green building ordinance, CCCL has been tracking legal issues relevant to municipal green building ordinances. One major potential impediment to the successful implementation of a green building ordinance is preemption under federal law. While the preemption fears of green […]

On October 6, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its long-awaited proposed revisions to its guidelines for environmental marketing, more commonly known as the Green Guides.  The FTC last updated the Green Guides in 1998.  Although the Green Guides do not specifically address green buildings, they cover claims regarding products often used in green […]

Academic Calendar  |  Resources for Employers  |  Campus Map & Directory  |  Columbia University  |  Jobs at Columbia  |  Contact Us

© Copyright 2009, Columbia Law School. For questions or comments, please contact the webmaster.