The Law of Green Buildings: Regulatory and Legal Issues in Design, Construction, Operations and Financing

Edited by J. Cullen Howe and Michael B. Gerrard

{American Bar Association: 2010}

Fall 2010

As the United States embraces energy efficiency and resource conservation, the construction and real estate industries have increased their efforts to address environmental concerns. To help attorneys and other building professionals navigate this new landscape, Professor Michael B. Gerrard and J. Cullen Howe, an environmental law specialist at Arnold & Porter, have assembled a variety of experts who examine the legal issues involved in constructing, financing, and leasing
green buildings.

According to the book, in 2009, the residential and commercial building sector was responsible for more than 50 percent of the total annual U.S. energy consumption and 74 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption.” Yet when structures are built with environmentally friendly equipment and materials, that consumption can be considerably reduced. In the book, attorneys and construction industry experts discuss various aspects of the green building process, outlining what constitutes a “green” structure and what statutes apply to such projects. They also discuss financing issues, energy options, retrofitting, marketing, and green building rating systems. To coincide with the book, Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law is hosting a blog on its website that provides additional information on recent developments in the area of green building law. Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice, has served as the center’s director since it was founded last year.