R+C's Sustainability Group represents real estate developers and other construction practitioners involved in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. Our lawyers have assisted with a variety of projects designed to qualify for LEED certification. Our representations include supporting private developers, non-profits, architects, and general contractors, and we participate in green building accreditation processes in the leading jurisdictions for promoting sustainable construction and development for projects throughout the country. R+C's Sustainability Group helps clients identify and maximize federal, state, and local incentives for green buildings. Our Team includes several attorneys that are LEED Accredited Professionals and involved with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Our firm has worked with a number of municipalities and policy makers to adopt and implement building codes that promote green building and energy efficiency. R+C's Sustainability Group has helped our clients with exploring strategies for energy efficient operations, clean energy purchase contracts, and building facility projects that create opportunities for energy-savings as well as renewable energy, such as solar photovoltaic and cogeneration HVAC equipment. We have experience in counseling building owners, developers, and energy service companies (ESCOs) in the negotiation of pay-for-performance energy agreements.
Represented an independent coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school in the negotiation of design contract for a 24,000 square-foot-science building designed and built in accordance with sustainability principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Represented public-private partnership with the State of Connecticut to redevelop, operate, and maintain Connecticut's 23 highway service plazas that include "green" initiatives to bring the facilities up to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, improve water runoff patterns, and install idle-reduction technology for use by trucks on the Connecticut Turnpike, also known as Interstate 95.
Represented a regional water pollution control authority in arbitration of claims related to faulty design and construction of energy recovery reuse facility against engineering procurement and construction contractor. Representation also includes litigation regarding a defective boiler.
Drafted and negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in design, construction, and consulting contracts for an Ivy League university's most prominent projects, including the environmental studies building (a LEED Platinum building), the new business school building, the chemistry lab, and renovations for several of the university's residential colleges.
Represented a manufacturer of high-technology products and provider of support services to the aerospace and building industries worldwide for legal work concerning design and permitting of several connected “sustainable campus” projects to upgrade the client's treatment and reuse of wastewater, to install a combined heat and power cogeneration facility, and to make related infrastructure changes at a business unit’s headquarters.
Report on and analyze trends in smart growth, green building, and land use planning at the state and local levels across the country as part of the firm’s services to a national real estate client.
Represent clients in cogeneration approval proceedings and advising as to transfer of ownership.
Represented a developer in identifying and financing the CT Green Building Tax Credit for their LEED certified building.