Sustainable Construction

Sustainable Construction is Here to StaySustainable “green” construction is in the news and here to stay.

Here at Construction Law Musings, we like to keep up with the world of sustainable construction and the legal issues that face contractors, subcontractors and even construction lawyers relating to this growing field.  The topics range from LEED certification issues to potential risks and rewards of “green” building and how to draft your construction contract to plan for such risks and take advantage of the rewards.

These posts are not just my “musings,” but those of many individuals who have posted in the Guest Post Friday series.  I hope that you will check out the posts below and let me know your thoughts.

LEED Certification Challenges: What is “Close Enough”?

Originally posted 2010-06-14 09:00:08. There have been many discussions lately regarding the Northland Pines challenge to the LEED certification of its high school facility recently rejected by the USGBC, notably at the Builder’s Counsel Blog and at the Green Building Law Update.  You can check out the Green Building Law Update link for the entire…

“Green” Expectations. . . or Just Expectations (“green” is not a specification; it’s a paint color)

Originally posted 2012-02-27 09:00:54. I was having a discussion regarding “green”  building with my friend and recent guest poster here at Musings, Nick Pacella (@nmpacella) this past week and (as often happens when I chat with the great folks in the construction world) it got me to thinking.  Is “Green” its own separate category of…

The Beautiful Mess

For this week’s Guest Post Friday here at Musings, we welcome back Mike Collignon.  Mike is a co-founder of the Green Builder Coalition. The Green Builder® Coalition is working to improve the sustainable attributes of new and existing buildings through education, information and advocacy. If you watched any of the World Cup coverage this summer,…

Did the 4th Circuit “Tarnish” Sustainable Construction in the CBF Case?

About a week ago, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “parallam” lawsuit.  Since that unpublished ruling on procedural grounds, much discussion has ensued.  One particularly interesting headline, found at the well respected Greed Building Law Update, states Litigation Over First Ever LEED Platinum Building Tarnishes Green Building.  After…

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