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Green Building Presentation

  1. 1. March, 2009 Rich Cartlidge, LEED AP
  2. 2. Impact of Buildings in U.S.A. <ul><li>In the United States alone, buildings account for: •    72% of electricity consumption, •    39% of energy use, •    38% of all carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions, •    40% of raw materials use, •    30% of waste output (136 million tons annually), and •    14% of potable water consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1718 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Goals of Green Building <ul><li>Low Impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal impact on natural environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energy Efficient </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Energy usage and Water usage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Healthy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect occupant health and increase productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minimize waste </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed and constructed in a manner that minimizes waste, pollution, and environmental degradation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Green Building Certification <ul><li>USGBC, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) </li></ul><ul><li>National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) </li></ul><ul><li>Green Globes </li></ul><ul><li>Earthcraft </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Seek Certification <ul><li>Be recognized for your commitment to environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>Third party verification of achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Qualify for state and local government initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Receive marketing exposure through listing on USGBC website </li></ul>
  6. 6. LEED <ul><li>Most popular and widely known certification </li></ul><ul><li>Provides third party verification </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of rating systems for different applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most popular are LEED for new construction, homes, and existing buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Growth opportunity under stimulus for schools </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. LEED Credits <ul><li>Six Categories: Sustainable Sites (14), Water Efficiency (5), Energy & Atmosphere (17), Materials & Resources (13), Indoor Environmental Quality (15), Innovation and Design (5) </li></ul><ul><li>Prerequisites & Credits </li></ul><ul><li>LEED Certified (26-32), Silver (33-38), Gold (39-51), and Platinum (52-69) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=220 </li></ul>
  8. 8. LEED Accredited Professional <ul><li>Pass a certification exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attorneys will essentially be precluded from becoming certified after March 31 st </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gain one point under Innovation and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as an individual who can bring all the different team members together </li></ul>
  9. 9. LEED in Florida
  10. 10. LEED in Saint Petersburg <ul><li>http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5109 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Our mission is to create healthy, safe, low-maintenance homes that are responsible ,efficient, attainable and livable.” </li></ul><ul><li>Darren Brinkley, REAL Building founder </li></ul><ul><li>First local government of earn Florida Green Building Coalition approval </li></ul><ul><li>State Incentives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.floridagreenbuilding.org/db/?q=node/7016 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Role of the Attorney <ul><li>Prepare the contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Advise owners on legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Advise owners on availability of tax credits </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as the LEED AP </li></ul><ul><li>Be knowledgeable regarding green building practices to obtain the work </li></ul><ul><li>Address land use, zoning, and environmental issues </li></ul><ul><li>Handle any potential litigation which may arise </li></ul>
  12. 12. Captain’s Galley
  13. 13. Capatain’s Galley <ul><li>http://thecaptainsgalley.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Shaw Development recently filed for Bankruptcy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.easternshorehousing.com/Blogs/Eastern_shore_homes_and_real_estate/?p=1791 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 3 units are under contract, the restaurant recently closed due to a dispute with Shaw </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Units now selling for $247,000 a nearly 50% reduction </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Shaw Development v. Southern Builders <ul><li>One of the first green litigation cases in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Not truly about failure to obtain certification but rather importance of proper contracting </li></ul>
  15. 15. Litigation <ul><li>Facts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shaw hired Southern to construct a 23 unit condominium to be built to LEED Silver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original price was 6.9 Million Dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Southern paid 7.45 Million Dollars with change orders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financing obtained totaled 8.97 Million Dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nearly 9 months after the date set for substantial completion still not complete </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Litigation Facts… <ul><li>Loans placed in default </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bank seeks 10.298 Million Dollars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$416,000 in late fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interest accruing at nearly $3,000 per day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$635,000 in tax credits not obtained as a result of missing LEED certification </li></ul>
  17. 17. What was the problem…. <ul><li>Not about LEED </li></ul><ul><li>Not about Contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Not about hard feelings </li></ul><ul><li>The project was a victim of the economy which brought all the other issues to the forefront </li></ul>
  18. 18. How do you calculate damages? <ul><li>$635,000 in tax credits </li></ul><ul><li>Interest and attorney fees of foreclosure </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of the restaurant </li></ul><ul><li>Interstate Land Sales Act </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced Selling Prices </li></ul>
  19. 19. Possible role of Attorney <ul><li>Reviewing contracts and working on better language to ensure or encourage LEED </li></ul><ul><li>Working out credit issues </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing a dose of reality to clients who still wanted to sell at peak prices </li></ul>

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