Under Construction - September 2010


Building “green” is not just good for the environment—it can be good for business in this tough economy by giving smart contractors a competitive edge in the bidding process with government and commercial entities looking to comply with environmental protection and energy-efficiency regulations. In this "green" issue of Under Construction, we offer articles to help keep you informed in this area. In the article Government Construction Contracts and the Going “Green” Requirements, Snell & Wilmer attorney Brett Johnson shares some key environmental regulations and initiatives to keep in mind when bidding on government contracts. On the commercial side, Joe Viola offers insight in his article An Introduction to the Impact of Green Building on Commercial Leasing. Rob Metli and Byron Sarhangian help contractors avoid EPA and other penalties associated with construction sites in their article EPA Enforcement Actions on the Rise.

In keeping with our green theme this issue, we also feature three articles focused on a different kind of green. Marc Schultz outlines new guidance from the Department of Treasury regarding cash grants for renewable energy projects in his article Renewable Energy—Life After the Section 1603 Cash Grant—Treasury Releases Guidance for Projects Not Placed In Service by the End of 2010. In the article The New Normal: Three Realities Lenders are Considering, and Borrowers Should Now Consider in Connection With Construction Financing, attorneys Mark Morris and Stewart Peay take a look at how financing for construction projects has changed in light of today’s economic climate while Craig McPike addresses construction tax issues in Key Arizona Tax Updates.

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