The ins and outs of green leases
Abstract: As the green building movement continues to take center stage, so do green leases. Through a green lease, landlords and tenants are “bound” to help ensure that high-performance buildings meet and exceed their intended “green” goals. Although specifications vary, a number of characteristics are emerging as likely components in green leases, such as alignment with a third party certification standard such as LEED, BRREAM, Energy Star or Green Globes. But developers who jump through all the LEED or other building certification hoops likely won’t want that certification jeopardized by noncompliant leasehold improvements — so rules defining sustainable product requirements and construction practices should be clearly specified in a tenant construction agreement.