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The Green Building Revolution: Addressing and Managing Legal Risks and Liabilities

23 March 2010

Buildings in the US consume 39% of the nation's energy and 72% of its electricity. They account for 35% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

US President Barack Obama set a goal in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to ensure that 75% of federal buildings were "green".

Funding initiatives for green building have been allocated in a bid to improve energy efficiency in two million homes. Furthermore, sustainable development practices are being developed for public and private buildings.

As green building initiatives increase so do the legal risks and liabilities associated so one must be familiar with strategies to mitigate those risks. The legal liability of green building will involve benefits, costs, statutory mandates and other related risks.

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