Today, an increasing number of new and existing buildings and projects incorporate “green building” or environmentally sustainable practices and materials to promote energy efficiency, decrease carbon footprints and reduce operating costs.
The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Livability Law practice boasts some of the first attorneys and planners to earn certification in this area.
We are well versed in the Federal, State and local tax credits and other incentives and private grants available for green projects. We have the experience to negotiate design and construction contracts to achieve the “green” goals of the owner/developer and provide for adequate remedies if such goals are not achieved. We have the expertise to represent both landlords and tenants in preparing and negotiating leases or amendments to leases that address the landlord’s and tenant’s respective liabilities for the construction and cost of green improvements as well as other issues that relate to the green status of a building, including adherence to operations and maintenance standards in order to maintain that status.