Building Green: Legal and Tax Issues in Commercial and Residential Construction

Navigating the Regulatory and Legal Challenges of Sustainable Real Estate

Bailout bill extends tax incentives for green commercial buildings until 2013

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE/CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Course Materials

This seminar will explain the legal and tax issues to consider when developing green construction projects and offer strategies for dealing with potential disputes that may arise when building green.


Climate change is a high priority concern for the United States, and the public and private sectors have responded by adopting more environmentally friendly approaches to conducting business, including implementing green building techniques in construction projects.

Federal guidelines for green construction were established in 1998. Since then, major cities, including New York, Washington, Atlanta and Seattle, have enacted green building requirements for public construction projects. Several states also offer tax incentives to developers that build green.

Green building is expected to increase significantly by 2010. The economic recovery package passed in October 2008 extended the tax incentives for green commercial building until 2013. As new business opportunities emerge for builders and developers, so do associated legal and tax issues.

Listen as our panel, including a real estate attorney, tax consultant and design professional, provides best practices in green building for counsel advising builders and developers. The panel will explain the legal and tax considerations for green construction projects.



  1. Current trends and opportunities
    1. Prescriptive and performance measures for green building
    2. Tax incentives in bailout bill
    3. Emerging technologies
  2. Legal considerations in green building projects
    1. Contract provisions
    2. Insurance coverage
    3. Green building disputes and liability issues
  3. Tax strategies for green building


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How can counsel help builders and construction companies take advantage of the opportunities in green building?
  • How can counsel for builders and developers best protect their clients' interests in contract negotiations regarding green building?
  • What measures should be taken to ensure that insurance coverage for green building projects is adequate?
  • What strategies should counsel employ to defend against disputes and litigation arising from a green construction project?
  • What tax strategies are emerging for green building projects?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Jeffrey D. Masters
Jeffrey D. Masters

Cox Castle Nicholson

Mr. Masters is a litigator and co-chair of the Development Risk Management and Insurance Coverage Practice. He handles...  |  Read More

CJ Aberin
CJ Aberin

Senior Manager

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Don Neff
Don Neff

La Jolla Pacific

He is a construction quality expert with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, covering all...  |  Read More

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