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Green Building & Development

In today’s changing environment, an increasing number of construction and development projects incorporate “green building,” or environmentally sustainable practices and materials to promote energy efficiency and decrease the carbon footprints of commercial and residential buildings. The United States Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. Many states and municipalities provide tax or other incentives for green building and are increasingly adopting green building requirements by using the LEED rating system or other assessment frameworks.

Clark Hill’s integrated experience in environmental law, construction, real estate, governmental relations, and taxation provides a unique and holistic approach to maximize our clients’ return on investment and to assist in navigating the challenges presented by a changing regulatory environment. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all stages of construction and development projects incorporating green building techniques, including project planning, permitting and zoning, bidding, contracting and construction disputes. Further, our attorneys are among the few attorneys who have earned certification as LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs). Our LEED AP attorneys have an intimate understanding of green building techniques, the LEED Green Building Rating System, and the certification process.

Our attorneys provide experienced and highly skilled representation to a broad range of clients – including private developers, corporate owners, investors, contractors, municipalities and governmental agencies. The diversity of our client base served by the Climate Change and Sustainability practice group provides a well-tuned sensitivity to, and understanding of, the differing interests and concerns of our clients on all sides of the green building process.