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Working with Architects toward Integrated Design for Energy Efficiency

Thu, Nov 08, 2012 @ 12:44 / by Jim Newman posted in HVAC, Environmental Law, IAC, Codes & Standards, Energy Codes, Green Design, LEED AP, ASHRAE, USGBC, LEED, LEED Certification, Energy Audit


Recently I spoke at the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) 40th national conference that was held in Detroit. I was there representing the Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and was pleased to see how many of those attending were LEED Accredited Professionals. It says a lot about how important green building principles are becoming in all areas of building and construction.

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LEED: Green Buildings - Potential Legal Complications

Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 04:10 / by Janet Snyder posted in HVAC, Environmental Law, IAC, Codes & Standards

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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is the organization that formulates the energy, ventilation and thermal comfort codes that become a part of the building codes of most of the states through the ICC (International Construction Council). At the ASHRAE convention in New York City in January, 2008, there were several seminars on the legal ramifications of green buildings.  In June of 2008, Lexis Nexis, the reference guide of many attorneys, published a book entitled “Current Critical Issues in Environmental Law: Green Buildings and Sustainable Development”. This book, which I co-authored with two attorneys, explained USGBC and LEED® Guidelines, mentioned various state and federal incentives for green buildings and pointed out some of the complexities for owners, architects, engineers and contractors relative to designing and constructing them.

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