When parties agree to build “green,” a complex and untested round of contract negotiations begins, and these negotiations have potentially severe consequences.
While “green building” is gaining steam across the nation, green building contracts have yet to be seriously contested or litigated in the courts. Unfortunately, this means parties to a green building project must be extra-careful that their contract adequate outlines their agreement.
The traditional form contracts distributed by the AIA or ConsensusDOCS organizations fail to address green building trends and issues, and so parties to a green building contract would be prudent to hire counsel to draft provisions to lay out the green building agreement.
Wolfe Law Group has written extensively about green building standards, contracting and litigation on its Construction Law Monitor blog, and understands the legal issues present at the dawn of any green building contract.
Wolfe Law Group Members, Scott G. Wolfe, Jr. and Douglas S. Reiser, are LEED Accredited Professionals who can offer counseling on the various measures required of Green Building projects.
We can help advise your organization of the risks associated with green building projects, and help draft contract provisions to properly characterize your organization’s agreement and limit any unnecessary exposure. Our firm is also well-suited to represent you in a green building dispute or litigation.
- Green Building on Construction Law Monitor – Green Building articles related to legal issues facing green builders in Louisiana and Washington.
- Green Building Law Update – blog by WTHF attorney, Chris Cheatham, focused exclusively on green building legal issues
- Green Building Law – Blog by Shari Shapiro, a LEED accredited professional and attorney
- Louisiana Chapter of US Green Building Council
- South Coast Solar – Premier Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Solar Pool Heating, Lighting Efficiency Systems and Geothermal design/build contractor in the Southeast.
- FutureProof Nola: Team dedicated to having maximum impact on the integration of sustainable practices in the US and throughout the developing world.
- Global Green USA Nola Project: Global Green USA’s web space for its commitment to help rebuild New Orleans green.
- Build Green Seattle DJC: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce’s Build Green website.
- Cascadia Green Building: Seattle Area chapter of US Green Building Council.