Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to enter into at least $2 billion worth of contracts over the next two years to improve government buildings’ energy efficiency.  According to a Presidential Memorandum, the contracts should be performance based, meaning that the upfront costs will be paid over time by the energy […]

Zoning laws can sometimes make it more difficult for building owners to construct new green buildings or make existing ones more energy efficient.  The New York City Department of City Planning has attempted to address this issue by introducing Zone Green, a set of zoning proposals designed to remove some of these impediments and make […]

The Town of New Castle, New York recently adopted a comprehensive green building law that is designed to create a more sustainable community by incorporating green building measures into the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings.  The New Castle Town Board voted unanimously to adopt the law on December 13, 2011. The green building law […]

On November 17, 2011, EPA released its Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for home energy upgrades to better integrate health protections into energy efficiency programs.  According to EPA, this guidance will provide the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling.  These  protocols describe a […]

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