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

Navigating the Regulatory and Legal Challenges of Sustainable Real Estate

CD of a 90-minute CLE/CPE teleconference with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Now available on CD

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, Partner
Cox Castle Nicholson, Los Angeles

He is co-chair of the firm's Development Risk Management Practice Group. He represents developers and homebuilders in real estate litigation. He is a frequent lecturer for real estate industry groups.

CJ Aberin, Senior Manager
KBKG Inc., Pasadena, Calif.

He performs Cost Segregation Studies for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual real estate investors. He provides real estate and tax consulting services regarding energy efficiency. He is a frequent speaker on cost segregation and energy efficient commercial building deductions.

Don Neff, President
La Jolla Pacific, Ltd., Irvine, Calif.

He is a construction quality expert with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, covering all aspects of planning, development, construction and management. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored numerous articles on construction quality and risk management issues.


CLE on Live Event

Continuing Legal Education credit processing is available for an additional $65 per person per state in states where teleconferences are accredited.

You may register for CLE credit processing before or after a program (application deadlines vary by state).  Exception: Attorneys requesting PA CLE credit processing must pre-register for CLE.

CLE credits are not available for DE, IN, KS, OH, and PR or for NY attorneys admitted within the last 2 years.

CLE Processing $65.00

CPE on Live Event

Continuing Professional Education credit processing is available for an additional $35 per person. You may register for CPE credit processing at any time before or after the program.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a CPE sponsor.

CPE Processing $35.00

Teleconference on CD

Purchase a CD of the full event proceedings, including Q&A and PDF files of all handouts (available 10 days after the seminar).

CD $297.00 plus $9.45 S&H

CLE on CD (NY and CT Only)

Continuing Legal Education credits for listening to the CD are granted in NY and CT and processing is available for an additional $65 per person per state.

Other states may grant MCLE credits for listening to the conference CD—check with your state about applying for self-study credit on CD-listening.

CLE on CD Processing $65.00


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CLE Credit

Strafford seminars qualify for CLE credits in every state that accredits teleconferences. They offer you a high quality, cost effective, and convenient CLE option, with no lost travel time or expenses.

CPE Credit

Strafford seminars qualify for CPE credits. They offer you a high quality, cost effective, and convenient CPE option, with no lost travel time or expenses.

Customer Reviews

A focused presentation offering practical information in a concise format.

Una Kang


Very informative -- one of the best run programs in a plethora of on-line offerings.

Jeff Michelman

Stinson Morrison Hecker

This was my first experience with an interactive CLE.  It was good not to have to leave my office for the program.

Patricia Hays

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I liked the different speaker perspectives.

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All of the speakers had a wide range of knowledge.

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