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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Green Code Mandatory on April 1 for All Building in Baltimore

By Jacqueline Lusk and Stuart Kaplow

Baltimore City adopted the International Green Construction Code 2012 as an overlay to the City’s building, fire and related codes effective April 1, 2015.

And despite that the IgCC becomes mandatory on April Fools’ Day, we are not playing a practical joke when we tell you that the effective date has “shifted.” 

Baltimore was among the first jurisdictions, in 2007, to mandate that all “newly constructed, extensively modified non-residential buildings achieve a Silver rating in the appropriate LEED rating system or satisfy the Baltimore City Green Building Standard” (a LEED-like local enactment). That mandatory law had some efficacy with new construction but almost no market impact on renovations as building owners strived to avoid the enactment.

Council Bill 14-0413 repeals that existing law and commencing April 1, 2015 expands its scope and breadth with a new Baltimore Green Construction Code to apply to all new construction and “all repairs, additions, or alterations to a structure and all changes of occupancy” with very few exceptions (one or two family dwellings, etc.).

Significantly, the new Green Code does not apply to: structures that achieve a LEED Silver rating; residential and mixed use buildings of five stories or more that comply with the ICC 700 at the Silver performance level for energy and Bronze level for other categories; and, to structures that comply with ASHRAE standard 189.1. The new enactment allows the Code official to accept third party certification of compliance with these alternative compliance paths; and the authors’ businesses will provide those certifications.

The Code official has announced a shifting of the ‘hard’ April 1 effective date until the effective date of the triennial code revision (of the building, plumbing, energy and other construction codes) which will likely be in first week of July, 2015. Until that not yet determined date, projects may utilize the new Green Code, but significantly, the Code official will accept new registration for the Baltimore City Green Building Standard which projects, when registered by that date, will be permitted to proceed under that Standard.

The urgency in sunsetting the Baltimore City Green Building Standard was in large measure because it utilizes many of the LEED 2009 metrics, but when USGBC again delayed LEED v4 and announced projects will be able to register for LEED 2009 through October 31, 2016, the Standard’s functionality was extended through that date.

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Creekside Clubhouse

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Creekside Village Clubhouse

Owner: ATAPCO Properties
Client: ATAPCO Properties
LEED NCv2009 Silver

Atapco Properties, Inc. decided in the early stages of the Design Documentation phase that they would pursue LEED certification for the Creekside Apartments Clubhouse. The Creekside Clubhouse was built on a former brownfield site, and was fully remediated prior to starting construction. Case Study

Carmichael Building

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Carmichael Building – Raleigh Durham, NC

Owner: Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Client: Gaudreau Architects
LEED BD+C: New Construction v2009  Silver

The Carmichael Building, located at 300 North Duke St. in Durham NC, was constructed by Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company as a Tobacco Warehouse in 1926. With the intent to redevelop the building, Longfellow Real Estate Partners, LLC acquired the property in 2012. During this time the owner signed a lease agreement with Duke University and the redevelopment consisted of the creation of bioresearch labs. Case Study