Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Green Building Codes and Ordinances

This American Bar Association teleconference and live audio Webcast will take place next Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 01:00 PM-02:30PM ET.

This program will provide an overview of the critical elements of green building codes or ordinances from the standpoint of property owners and local government, as well as a review of current case law led by a participant in one of the leading cases:
• Key substantive elements and policy considerations
• Pros and cons of the various green building/energy standards that can be adopted (LEED, Energy Star, Green Globes, ANSI) from the standpoint of local government and the developer
• Issues raised by incorporating green building requirements into land use re gulations
• Interaction between ordinances and building energy codes and their relationship to climate change
• Carrot or the stick? -- mechanisms for achieving green building implementation: incentives versus mandates, and the risks to building owners/developers under various approaches
• Implementation in public versus private buildings
• AHRI v. City of Albuquerque and Building Industry Assoc. of Washington v Washington State Building Code Council: preemption of local green building ordinances and codes under federal law: who is getting sued and why, and the implications for local green building code initiatives.

Speakers include:
• J. Cullen Howe (moderator and speaker), Arnold & Porter LLP, New York, NY
Mr. Howe also is co-editor of “The Law of Green Buildings” (ABA, ELI 2010); Adjunct Professor, Pace Law School (legal aspects of green buildings); LEED Accredited Professional
• John DuBois, Albuquerque City Attorney's Office, Albuquerque, NM
Mr. DuBois is a litigator in the Real Estate - Land Use division in the Albuquerque City Attorney's Office. He has worked closely with his city's building code officials in drafting energy conservation and green building codes. He is counsel for Albuquerque in the federal court case AHRI, et al. v. City of Albuquerque.
• Nicole C. Kibert, Carlton Fields, PA, Tampa, FL
Ms. Kibert also serves as General Counsel to the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and author of “Energy: Proactive Strategies to Meet Renewable Portfolio Standards” (Counsel to Counsel e-magazine – Summer 2010); “Index of Sustainable Development Provisions in Florida Municipal Codes”; Co-Editor and chapter author "Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide” (ABA - August 2009); and “What You Should Know About Sustainable Development Projects” (ALI-ABA Practical Real Estate Lawyer Magazine - March 2009).
• Patricia E. Salkin, Albany Law School, Albany, NY
Ms. Salkin is co-author of the forthcoming book, “Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell” (Thomson West) and the author of numerous articles and book chapters on green development, climate change and sustainable development.

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