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University of Baltimore Journal of Land and Development

Abstract

In August 2007 the Baltimore City Council passed Council Bill 07-0602 mandating that newly built and "extensively modified" buildings over 10,000 square feet comply with "Green Building Standards." This law is considered among the first and most extensive green building codes to be passed so far in the United States. This law has not surprisingly sparked praise and criticism. While the law has been praised for its potential environmental benefits, it has also been criticized on the grounds that it is stricter than the laws of surrounding jurisdictions and has made building in Baltimore excessively expensive. Moreover, the law has been criticized as being inflexible and the City has been criticized for the uncertain implementation of the law.

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