Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

In April 2011, the New York City Council passed three bills concerning rooftops that had been recommended by the Green Codes Task Force.  These bills were recently signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and now become part of the New York City building code.  The three laws are as follows: Intro. No. 347-A:  This […]

On April 21, 2011, the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development announced the launch of the PowerSaver program, a two-year pilot program that will offer qualified borrowers low-cost loans to make energy-saving improvements to their homes. The program will offer loans of up to $25,000 backed by the Federal Housing Administration for energy […]

  Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law is proud to announce that two of its blogs, the Climate Law Blog and the Green Building Law Update Service, were recently recognized as two of the “Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change blogs” by LexisNexis. According to LexisNexis, “These top blogs offer some of […]

On March 30, 2011, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) strategy to promote the use of wood as a green building material.  According to the U.S. Forest Service, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing and using wood in lumber and panel products in buildings yields fewer air emissions – including greenhouse […]

On April 5, 2011, New York City announced that the law firm of WilmerHale signed a commercial office space lease with the developer of the World Trade Center reconstruction project that incorporates language for sharing the costs and benefits of energy-saving measures.  The “green lease” language was developed by real estate industry leaders, environmentalists, and […]

For the third consecutive year, EPA released a list of the cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.  For the second year in a row, Los Angeles was the top city, with 510 Energy Star-certified buildings, significantly improving on its 2010 total of 293 certified buildings. Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York rounded […]

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