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Updated ICC 700 National Green Building Standard Approved

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Updated ICC 700 National Green Building Standard Approved
In major news for green-oriented home builders, developers and remodelers, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the 2012 version of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard on Jan. 10. This is the first update of the ICC 700 since it was published in 2009 following concerted efforts by NAHB and the International Codes Council to establish a nationally recognizable standard for green building. It raises the bar on energy efficiency requirements, and also changes how renovations and remodeling projects are treated so that it will be possible to green-certify functional areas of the home such as bathrooms or kitchens.

The latest updates also make the standard as straightforward for remodeling projects as it is for new construction, which should help perpetuate its solid momentum across the industry; to date, thousands of residential units and developed lots have been certified in compliance with the earlier version of the standard by the NAHB Research Center.  Any members who want to take advantage of this new and highly marketable green certification option in the future may contact: Kevin Morrow (800-368-5242 x8375).

Federal Circuit Court Decision a Victory for Property Rights

In an important property rights decision handed down on Jan. 10 and supported by an amicus brief filed by NAHB, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that had blocked a developer's right to compensation for a regulatory taking when the Army Corps of Engineers denied that developer's application for a permit to fill wetlands on a specific plat of land. 
In this somewhat complicated case, Lost Tree Village Corporation wanted to develop a residual 5-acre parcel in a community it had built in Vero Beach, Fla. The developer’s application for a wetlands permit for that parcel was denied, but when the developer brought a takings claim, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that Lost Tree was not deprived of a significant economic benefit because the “relevant parcel” included all previous development on the island.


The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed and remanded the lower court’s ruling, saying that the critical inquiry in determining the relevant parcel is “the economic expectations of the claimant with regard to the property.” For example, when a “developer treats several legally distinct parcels as a single economic unit, together they constitute the relevant parcel.” Conversely, “when contiguous land is purchased in a single transaction, the relevant parcel may be a subset of the original purchase where the owner develops distinct parcels at different times and treats the parcels as distinct economic units.”


The court found that Lost Tree did not treat the 5-acre site (known as Plat 57) as part of the same economic unit as other land it developed in the community, and had not included it in any previous development plans. In a sense, the plot was ignored completely, not intentionally left undeveloped. Therefore Plat 57, by itself, constituted the "relevant parcel."

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