Green & Clean News - October 26

Baltimore City Releases “TransForm 2.0”
By: Jennifer R. Busse

Finally, the much awaited revised draft of the Baltimore City Zoning Code has been released under the name “TransForm 2.0”.  The effort to rewrite the Zoning Code was instigated by the Department of Planning in 2008.  The first version of the draft was released in June of 2010 and the first draft of the zoning maps was released in November of last year.

Green & Clean News: September 21

Energy Star, Tax Incentives and Capital Improvements, oh my! Why Investing Now in Energy Efficiency Shouldn’t Scare Commercial Building Owners
By: M. Trent Zivkovich
 

Green & Clean News: June 1

American Institute of Architects Releases AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects
by Martha L. Perkins

On May 9, 2011, the American Institute of Architects ("AIA") released AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions ("Guide"). The Guide was developed to assist owners, design professionals, and contractors to understand contractual issues that are unique to sustainable design and construction projects.

Green & Clean News: April 20

Maryland Adopts International Green Construction Code
by Adam D. Baker

The Maryland legislature has approved the use of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as a voluntary compliance alternative for public and private construction beginning in 2012. The IGCC bill (House Bill 972), sponsored by Delegate Dana Stein, passed the Senate unanimously and the House of Delegates with a 121 to 18 vote. The new law will go into effect in March 2012.

Green & Clean News: April 6

U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service Announce Commitment to Wood as the Preferred Green Building Material
by Martha L. Perkins

Green & Clean News: March 23

Maryland Legislature Poised to Extend Option of "Benefit" Status to LLCs
by Peter W. Sheehan Jr.

Maryland limited liability companies that pride themselves on their commitment to environmental and social responsibility soon may be able to obtain legal recognition, separate from their less magnanimous competitors. If passed, Senate Bill 595 and its companion House Bill 1151 will allow willing limited liability companies to elect "Benefit" status--similar to the "Benefit" status already available to Maryland corporations.

Green & Clean News: February 9

Virginia Legislature Debates Green Building Laws
by Thomas P. Kimmitt, Jr.

Although this is the short session for the Virginia General Assembly, there are three key bills aimed at imposing green building standards for public construction. Each of the bills proposes to set green building standards for any public building exceeding five thousand (5,000) square feet, either for new construction or renovations where the cost of the renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building.

Green & Clean News: November 24, 2010

LEED 2012 Released by U.S. Green Building Council for Comment
by Martha L. Perkins

On November 8, 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released for public comment a draft of the next version of the LEED rating systems. Among the USGBC's stated goals for the next version of LEED are the following:

Green & Clean News: November 10, 2010

DOE Proposes Rule for Fossil Fuel-Generated Energy Consumption Reduction for New and Major Renovations to Federal Buildings
by Martha L. Perkins

Background

Green & Clean News: October 27, 2010

Federal Trade Commission Updates Its Green Guides
by Lisa D. Sparks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after much deliberation, recently released proposed revisions to its Green Guides. Formally known as the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, the Green Guides were first introduced in 1992 and were last revised in 1998. Sustainable practices and green marketing techniques have changed significantly over the past twelve years, and the FTC had quite a bit of work to do in bringing the guides up to date.

Green & Clean News: September 29, 2010

Offshore Wind Power Makes Waves in Ocean City
by Jennifer B. Pollard

On September 23, 2010, a town hall meeting was held in Ocean City, Maryland, to discuss Maryland's offshore wind power potential. Representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Energy Administration spoke with residents, business owners, and environmentalists about the State's plans to build a 200-turbine wind park off the Ocean City coastline.

Green & Clean News: April 14, 2010

Maryland Legislative Budget Conference Committee Set To Strip Energy Efficiency Funding
By: Dino C. La Fiandra

In a sign of the desperate economic times in Annapolis and throughout the state, the Maryland General Assembly seems poised to divert millions of dollars initially earmarked for energy efficiency programs to the state's direct bill pay assistance program to help low income families pay their utility bills.

Green & Clean News: March 17, 2010

The Commonwealth of Virginia Promotes Green Initiative for State Tourism Industry: Virginia Green
by: Thomas P. Kimmitt, Jr.

With the increased emphasis on the environment, businesses are looking for ways to improve their environmental practices and to achieve marketing recognition for those efforts. Virginia Green provides that opportunity.

Green & Clean News: February 3, 2010

Key Elements for Landlords and Tenants to Consider When Incorporating Green Provisions in Your Lease

With the increasing impetus behind the movement to "go green," owners of commercial buildings should be cognizant of strategies for incorporating green provisions in lease renewals and new leases. Even if the owner is not currently in the process of obtaining LEED certification, they should be mindful of when and where green lease provisions should be incorporated.

Green & Clean News: January 20

Money Flows to Green Projects and Training

As evidence of the growing recognition that sound environmental policies and green building and career alternatives provide a way to heal the ailing economy, Federal and State governments are redirecting funding and grants to both green projects and career training. With the help of Federal funding, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have all initiated efforts to promote sustainable development practices and green job training.

Green & Clean News: January 6, 2010

Consider Residential Energy Tax Credits

Energy Tax Credits: What Are They?
Homeowners who made improvements to their homes in 2009 should check to see whether those improvements qualify for either the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit or the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit.

Green & Clean News: December 16, 2009

Virginia Fire Department Station Goes for LEED Gold and Wins National Award
By: Jane Saindon Rogers

On June 20, 2009, Dale City, Virginia, Volunteer Fire Department opened its new Station 10, the second "green" fire station on the East Coast and only the ninth developed and built in the United States. Station 10 was awarded a LEED Gold Rating from the United States Green Building Council.

Green & Clean News: November 4, 2009

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prompting Federal Leadership in Environmental Responsibility and Energy Efficient Practices
By: Lisa D. Sparks

Green & Clean News: October 7

Attorneys Assume an Advisory Role in Helping their Clients to Avoid Potential Liabilities in Green Building Projects
By: Adam D. Baker, Esq.

Green & Clean News: August 26

"Greening" Your Form Lease
By: Tami P. Daniel, Esq.

With the increasing impetus behind the movement to "go green", owners of commercial buildings should be cognizant of strategies for incorporating "green" provisions into new leases and renewals. Even if the owner is not currently in the process of obtaining LEED certification for their building, they should be mindful of when and
where green lease provisions should be incorporated.

Green & Clean News: August 12

Cap and Trade Bill Stalled in the Senate
By: Matthew L. Troiani, Esq.

On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a 219-212 vote, passed H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This bill, cosponsored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), establishes, among other things, the system known as "Cap and Trade" by setting minimum allowances for greenhouse gases emissions and establishing derivatives market for trading such allowances.

Green & Clean News: July 29

Your project is now certified, but will it stay that way - Decertification under LEED 2009
By: Edward U. Lee, III, Esq.

Green & Clean News: July 1

Green Homebuilding: A Comparison of LEED for Homes and NAHB's National Green Building Standard
By: Adam D. Baker, Esq.

Green & Clean News: May 20, 2009

Maryland Solidifies its Commitment to Protect the Environment and Promote Sustainable Growth as "Smart, Green and Growing" Legislation is Signed Into Law
By: Tami P. Daniel, Esq.

On May 7, 2009, Governor Martin O'Malley signed into law House Bill 294/Senate Bill 273 known as the "Smart, Green and Growing" legislation which will take effect October 1, 2009. The Act accomplishes the following:

Green & Clean News: May 6, 2009

Welcome to our Green Building and Sustainability Newsletter! With the conclusion of the Maryland General Assembly's 2009 legislative session less than a month behind us, we thought it timely to include a brief synopsis of the key pieces of green legislation in this issue. We look forward to keeping you up to date on the green issues that are important to you and your business. If there are any topics you'd like to see addressed in future issues, please contact Editor Adam D. Baker. We hope to hear from you.

Green & Clean News: April 22, 2009

Launch of Green Building and Sustainability Group

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP (WTP) announces the launch of its Green Building and Sustainability Group.

Chaired by Martha L. Perkins (Construction and Surety) and Jennifer R. Busse (Real Estate and Land Use), the group is comprised of attorneys from the firm's corporate, intellectual property, litigation, construction and surety, real estate development, land use and leasing, and community association practices.