Tackling Design, Construction Risks Of 'Green Building'

Law360, New York (December 7, 2009, 2:36 PM EST) -- If you develop, own or invest in real estate, thinking "green" — as in environmentally conscious — is no longer optional. A combination of factors favoring green construction is likely to render conventional buildings noncompetitive in the near future.

Green building certification in the United States is dominated by the United States Green Building Council ("USGBC") and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED®") rating systems.

As of the Fall of 2009, USGBC reports a pipeline of more than 25,000 projects registered for LEED certification...
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