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About Green Building and Sustainable Development
In today's legal and economic landscape, all development professionals -- including attorneys -- are realizing that they need to fully understand sustainable development and green building concepts, requirements, and policies in order to meet their clients' expectations and to operate successfully in the evolving economic and regulatory environment. Green Building and Sustainable Development: The Practical Legal Guide gives lawyers the necessary information to understand and assist their clients in establishing themselves as leaders in the area, helping them meet growing customer demand, take advantage of government incentive programs, enhance marketing opportunities, and lower operating expenses in anticipation of rising utility costs.
This guide begins with an overview of several critical background principles, followed by a discussion of the key components of a development project, and finally considers green building and sustainable development in the residential and governmental context. The book follows this structure:
Section I: Historical perspective and current initiatives regarding green building and sustainable development as well as an in-depth discussion of climate change and its growing impact on the building and development industries.
Section II: Consideration of the development process, beginning with site selection, and an exploration of how integration of development with natural resources, brownfields redevelopment, and transit-oriented development impact the legal issues and sustainability components of a development project.
Section III: The benefits of developing and operating green buildings weighed against the risks and costs of moving away from conventional offerings. This section also addresses methods of mitigating the green-specific risks presented when developing green buildings.
Section IV: Issues specific to the residential context, including incorporating legal tools to ensure that sustainable elements are maintained over time, and the benefits, regulatory framework and resources available for green affordable housing projects.
Section V: The use of sustainable development strategies by local governments. These include incorporating green building rating systems into incentive programs and the legal considerations associated with the procurement of sustainable energy technologies.
Section VI: Discusses how attorneys can incorporate sustainability concepts into their own practice.