This post, a part of five part series on green building regulation looks at the anatomy of green building regulations identifying three main types of regulations, which are command and control, in other words building codes and such; financial incentives, like tax breaks; and non-financial incentives such as increases in floor to area ratio, building height or density for building green.
Despite the rhetoric, the numbers show that green stimulus investments are among the most cost-effective ways to spend the Recovery Act dollars and create jobs.
The wave of green litigation has arrived. This means more third party challenges, mushrooming building interest group litigation, and private litigation with a green tinge. These suits will involve not only knowledge of LEED and green building, but also the energy codes and other ancillary regulations.