John R. LaBar


In today’s real estate and construction environment, “Green is Good”.1 By “Green”, I am of course referring to referring to the construction of buildings utilizing renewable resources and energy efficient design.2 Currently, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”®) rating system developed in 2000 by the U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”) is one of the most popular and utilized green building standards.3 As LEED ratings have more market value and increasing financial significance, the procedures for obtaining certainty of USGBC/Green Building Certification Institute (“GBCI”) interpretations, and for appealing GBCI decisions, become extremely important. This article discusses questions raised by the existing USGBC/GBCI procedures.