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U.S. EPA Approves ASTM E1527-13 for Application to the All Appropriate Inquiry Rule

Posted in Green Building

Effective December 30, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended its “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule (AAI Rule) to reference the recently published American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1527–13 “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process,” commonly referred to as the “ASTM Phase I Standard.” The… Continue Reading

Proposed Amendments to New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act Do Little More Than Provide Lip Service to Sustainability

Posted in Green Building, Renewable Energy

Over the last two years, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed and adopted changes to the State Environmental Quality Review Act’s (SEQRA) environmental assessment forms and implementing regulations. After more than a year of public review and comment, DEC adopted revised environmental assessment forms on January 25, 2012. Before last… Continue Reading

With the Regulations Now in Place, New York City’s 10-year Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning Law (Local Law 87) is Set to Take Effect

Posted in Green Building

New York City has established a goal of reducing citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The city already has one of the lowest per capita GHG emissions rates among comparable cities because of its extensive public transit system. (According to the Inventory of New York City Greenhouse Gas… Continue Reading

Insurance Concerns for the Cleantech Sector

Posted in Green Building, Investing, Renewable Energy

The growth of clean technology is explosive. The U.S. government injects billions of dollars into the market to support demand. For example, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes more than $100 billion for the cleantech industry and several states require cleantech policies. In the private sector, global venture capital in the cleantech… Continue Reading

Construction Company Survey Reveals Latest Findings on New Green Building and LEED Certification Trends

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A new Market Barometer survey published  by Turner Construction Company, the largest green builder in the United States, provides an updated look on sustainability practices in new building projects. The study, which included a survey of more than 700 executives from a wide variety of fields, showed a continued commitment to environmentally-sustainable construction practices but… Continue Reading

Local Property Tax Exemption Option for Green Construction Authorized in New York State

Posted in Green Building, Tax Incentives

On July 18, 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation creating Real Property Tax Law Section 470,authorizing local jurisdictions to provide property tax incentives for commercial and residential construction projects that meet “green building” certification standards. The Assembly and State Senate passed the bill unanimously. According to the Legislature, “New York has become proactive… Continue Reading