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Renewable Energy Construction: Moving into Federal Buildings

Posted in Green Building, Jennifer Budd, Lane Kelman, Lori Azzara
In recent years, concepts such as “green construction” and “renewable energy” seem to have become almost commonplace. In what is perhaps an effort to lead the world by example in these areas, President Barack Obama recently issued a Presidential Memorandum that calls upon federal agencies to increase drastically their use of renewable energy sources. The… Continue Reading


Posted in Green Building, Jennifer Budd, Lane Kelman
As the Greenbuild 2013 posters, web cafés and stages are removed from the Convention Center in Philadelphia, attendees and exhibitors from across the country have been reenergized in thinking about green building, sustainability and resiliency. From November 18-22, Philadelphia was painted green by thousands of professionals from all sectors of the sustainability movement. Here is… Continue Reading

Clean Construction Pilot Credit Added to LEED Certification Rating System

Posted in Green Building, Lane Kelman, Lori Azzara
By: Lane Kelman and Lori Wisniewski Azzara In an effort to reduce exposure to diesel exhaust in and around construction areas, on January 18, 2013, the US Green Building Counsel announced a Clean Construction Pilot Credit that can count toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  The Pilot Credit requires projects to develop… Continue Reading

Call For Artists/Sustainability Champions/Green Creators of All Shapes and Sizes

Posted in Green Building
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to Philly November 20-22, 2013 and we are actively seeking proposals for the annual Legacy Project. The Legacy project could be anything from a straw bale playhouse or school gardening space to a solar energy learning lab, vertical gardens or some kind of new art installation that has a lasting, positive effect on… Continue Reading

2012 International Green Construction Code Released

Posted in Green Building, Lane Kelman, Lori Azzara
By: Lane Kelman and Lori Wisniewski Azzara After three years of public hearings and input from industry specialists, the International Code Counsel (ICC) recently released the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which is the first model code to include sustainability measures for an entire construction project and its site – from design, through construction,… Continue Reading

Building a Sustainable Business: Managing Risks and Reaping Rewards in Green Building - Upcoming Event

Posted in Cohen Seglias News & Events, Green Building, Pennsylvania
Green building is more popular than ever, and achieving LEED certification for projects is a mark of distinction. Construction companies and developers need to understand how they can effectively manage the risks and reap the rewards of these projects. Please join us for a panel discussion where industry professionals, including Lane Kelman and Jonathan Cass,… Continue Reading

LEED-Certified Existing Buildings Surpass New Construction

Posted in Green Building, Jennifer Horn, Lori Azzara
By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Jennifer M. Horn According to a recent report from the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED-certified existing buildings are outpacing their newly built counterparts for the first time. As of December 2011, the square footage of LEED-certified existing buildings surpassed LEED-certified new construction by 15 million square feet on a cumulative… Continue Reading

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Among the Top Cities to Employ Green Infrastructure to Address Stormwater Challenges

Posted in Green Building, Infrastructure, Jennifer Horn, Lori Azzara, Pennsylvania
By: Lori Wisniewski Azzara and Jennifer M. Horn As a follow up to its 2006 report, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has issued a new report – Rooftops to Rivers II – that provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities that employ green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges. These leading cities, which… Continue Reading

Maryland's Adoption of the International Green Construction Code Raises More Questions Than Answers

Posted in Green Building, Maryland
As many in the industry are aware, Maryland became the first state to fully adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) when Governor Martin O’Malley signed HB 972, effective March 1, 2012. In response to our IGCC blog post on this issue, authored by Lane Kelman, readers raised a multitude of questions that highlight a… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Zoo Breaks Ground on First LEED Rated Building

Posted in Green Building, Pennsylvania
The Philadelphia Zoo recently broke ground on the brand new Hamilton Family Children’s Zoo and Education Center. The Zoo website describes the center as a “joyful, engaging experience for children and families while promoting a lifetime of conservation action through hands-on learning activities.” The Zoo plans to construct the new center according to LEED guidelines,… Continue Reading

Recent Advances in Green Building

Posted in Energy, Green Building, Pennsylvania
International Energy Conservation Code Upgrades The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has been upgraded to require that newly constructed and renovated residential and commercial buildings achieve energy savings 30% higher than the IECC’s 2006 predecessor. The revisions represent the largest single-step efficiency increase in the history of the national model energy code. A majority… Continue Reading

Cohen Seglias Co-Hosts Solar Networking Event

Posted in Energy, Green Building, Pennsylvania
Two weeks ago, April 3-5, the 2011 PV America conference was held in Philadelphia. More than 3,000 attendees, including PV manufacturers, distributors and installers, industry financiers and project developers, converged upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center to receive the latest updates on PV technology, industry trends and business opportunities. Co-presented by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)… Continue Reading

Maryland Awards $11.1 Million for Sustainable Building Projects

Posted in Green Building, Maryland, New Construction
Governor Martin O’Malley recently announced that through the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Program, ten different projects throughout Maryland received grants totaling $11.1 million towards sustainable construction. O’Malley said the ten projects, “will help create 740 construction jobs in projects that will revitalize communities and promote green building practices around the state.” He continued to explain,… Continue Reading

IGCC Public Version 2.0 Released

Posted in Green Building
Christopher P. Soper, LEED® AP contributed to this post. To further the efforts to reduce the negative impact that buildings can have on the environment the International Code Counsel (ICC) created the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) to serve as a resource tool to be adopted and administered by governments at any level on a… Continue Reading

Presentation: The Green Building Trend: Environmental Issues that Impact the Developer

Posted in Cohen Seglias News & Events, Green Building
On February 16, 2010, Cohen Seglias partner Lane F. Kelman, Esq. will present a program to The Environmental Information Association’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter on the interrelationship between the current trends in Green Building, the environmental industry and building development. Mr. Kelman will discuss topics covering all phases of construction. Specifically, he will address Brownfield Redevelopment as… Continue Reading

New Jersey at the Forefront of Solar Power

Posted in Green Building, Jobs, New Jersey
In terms of solar power, New Jersey is very progressive. New Jersey is a frontrunner in renewable energy production, and currently has the second highest capacity of solar power in the country – California is first. The Garden State’s successful implementation of rebate and incentive programs, as well as its commitment to renewable energy, have… Continue Reading

The Philadelphia Eagles to Build First Ever Renewable Energy Sports Stadium

Posted in Green Building, Jobs, Pennsylvania
A new trend in sports stadiums becoming environmentally friendly has begun to take off. The new Meadowlands Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, was built “green” using 40,000 tons of recycled steel and features solar panels and energy-efficient light bulbs. The Consol Energy Center , home of the Pittsburgh Penguins,… Continue Reading

New Jersey Legislature Approves Solar Power Mandate for All New Public Schools

Posted in Energy, Green Building, New Jersey
The New Jersey state legislature recently approved A1084, a bill that would require solar panels to be included in the design and construction of all new public schools across the state. The Assembly Appropriations Committee is awaiting assurance from the Legislative Council that A1084 does not violate any New Jersey statutes. New Jersey’s school construction… Continue Reading

A Balancing Act: New York City's Commitment to Sustainability and The Brooklyn Bridge Forest

Posted in Green Building, New York
Lane F. Kelman contributed to this post. The Brooklyn Bridge is made up of approximately 11,000 tropical wood planks that are exposed to heavy foot and bicycle traffic. Due to the heavy use, the planks require routine replacement. The New York City Department of Transportation faces a difficult task in balancing the competing interests of preserving… Continue Reading

What you Need to Know About Building Green

Posted in Green Building
This week is World Green Building Week, and today – September 23, 2010 – happens to be the Green Building Day. In honor of the increased international and national focus on green building initiatives, we wanted to provide a brief overview of green building and LEED certification. One of the fastest growing aspects of construction… Continue Reading

Construction Opportunities in Philadelphia

Posted in By State, Green Building, Pennsylvania
Mayor Michael Nutter recently announced that construction will move forward on the proposed $70 million Mormon Temple. The temple is expected to open in 2013 and the proposed location is 18th and Vine Streets.   While the temple’s opening will be historic moment for the Mormon community, its construction is significant to the Philadelphia community.  Once the temple gets zoning and… Continue Reading