Thoughts on construction law from Christopher G. Hill, Virginia construction lawyer, LEED AP, mediator, and member of the Virginia Legal Elite in Construction Law

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Thoughts on Standard of Care?

Originally posted 2012-08-06 09:00:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

I had a great chat Friday with Shari Shapiro of the Green Building Law blog. The topic of discussion was whether the general standard of care in construction that includes knowing and building to the building code encompasses meeting LEED benchmarks found in some but far from all codes.

I posted onto my Tumblr and Posterous pages looking to get thoughts and got such a good reaction that I felt I had to post here. I can see both sides of this issue. On the one hand, standard of care has always gone to fitness for its purpose and not to aesthetics and energy efficiency. On the other, if the building code says to meet certain LEED benchmarks (NY for instance), it could be a part of the standard of care.

The real issue is that this should never be left to chance and any LEED issues need to be dealt with in a contract.

Please join the discussion and let me know any thoughts that this may generate. Also, check out the blogs on my blog roll including Shari’s! Thanks.

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Virginia Multi-Employer Site Safety Issues–and How to Deal with Them

Originally posted 2009-03-09 09:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The world of the Owner, Contractor, Subcontractor “straight line” project model is long gone. Increasingly complex construction needs for commercial owners require the services of numerous trades, and even multiple “prime” contractors at times, to perform the various stages of construction. Because of the complex and

What Contractors Can Learn from Smurfit and Quimonda

Originally posted 2009-05-11 09:00:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterImage via Wikipedia It will come as no shock to you that the economy has put a hit on the construction industry. Left and right we hear about developers and contractors hitting the skids, both through bankruptcy and otherwise. Personally, I take the view that the construction

JRGBC- Local Action on LEED

Originally posted 2011-02-01 12:07:16. Republished by Blog Post PromoterFor this week’s Guest Post Friday, we have a real treat. Megan Miller is the Executive Director of the James River Green Building Council (JRGBC), the Central Virginia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The JRGBC serves local and national membership in the Central Virginia region

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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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