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 (or click here if on a mobile device) and let me know your thoughts.

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…

Tall and Sustainable Is Not an Easy Fix

Originally posted 2012-10-08 15:22:05. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWay back in 2009, I discussed the interaction between taller and taller buildings and sustainable (“green”) building.  Back then, the reference was to the construction of skyscrapers in the Middle East and Europe.  The initially referenced ENR article was written in the context of an urban retrofit…

Is the Sky Actually Falling (on Green Building)?

Originally posted 2012-04-09 09:00:32. Republished by Blog Post PromoterI have spoken on many occasions here at Construction Law Musings and elsewhere about the risks and rewards for contractors found in sustainable construction.  The rewards were fairly apparent.  New markets, government incentives and the desires of owners to be “green” clearly point toward a need for…

Thoughts on Standard of Care?

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