The Legal Side of LEED

May 4, 2010
Brenda H. Gotanda and Meredit DuBarry Huston
Association of Corporate Counsel's "Green-house Counsel"

Whether motivated by sustainability goals or economic benefits, many businesses are looking to “green” the buildings in which they operate. Green buildings can offer many benefits ranging from lower energy and operating costs to improved working environments and increased marketability. These benefits often derive from an increased attention to resource conservation and efficiency throughout the building’s life cycle. Many companies who pursue green building seek to have their buildings certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) certification system. LEED or similar third-party certification systems can provide an objective measure of a building’s “green”-ness. When your company decides to pursue LEED certification, you should be prepared to consider and address the legal issues that may arise.

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