Mandating green building
For example, if a permit is pulled to renovate existing bathrooms and kitchen facilities in a commercial space, the permit must show compliance with Chapters 5 (materials), 7 (water) and possibly 8 (indoor environmental quality) of the Ig CC.More than likely the above and beyond requirements of Chapter 10 requiring updates to water and energy throughout the building would not apply because this kind of renovation project would not exceed the minimum values established in table 1003.2 NOTE: For interior tenant fit-outs less than 10,000 square feet and with no system upgrades, scope of compliance can be limited.New York City has ruled that all commercial office buildings over 50,000 square feet must publicly disclose how much energy they use annually.There is now a list of 3,000 buildings publicly available.At first blush this might sound like a good thing, until one considers that Montgomery County has long had mandatory green building laws for public and private construction, and the County today also offers significant incentives for green building. Continue Reading Green Building Law Update is published by attorney Stuart Kaplow as a resource on sustainability and environmental law for the business community, .. Originally launched in 2008 by Chris Cheatham, this blog served as a forum to discuss green building laws and trends.
This is going to change the market because people like to compete, and now there is a set of rules and a scoreboard for building energy.
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Government should not be invasive in the way of mandating increased performance, which essentially is what mandating LEED would do.
The simplest thing government can do is to mandate transparency.