Cut Your Risks: Build – or Rebuild – Sustainably

This article was contributed by Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley, Editor of the HomeownersInsurance.com blog. Carrie has been writing insurance news and consumer information for HomeInsurance.com since 2008. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 2005 with a B.A. in Professional Writing and Journalism. Green building practices do more than protect the environment, […]

Mediation! New Service Available at Wolfe Law

Seth J. Smiley, partner at Wolfe Law Group, LLC and author of ConstructionLawMonitor.com is now a formally trained mediator. New Orleans just hosted the AAAU's (American Arbitration Association University), Essential Skills for the New Mediator workshop in downtown, hosted by Neil Carmichael. Why would parties want to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? […]

Is Obama’s “Better Buildings” Initiative Real or Rhetoric?

Earlier this month President Obama unveiled an initiative to make buildings more energy efficient in America. The Wall Street Journal simply summarized the President's goals and rationale with the following: [The program will provide] tax breaks and other proposal aimed at getting commerical-building owners to retrofit their structures to be more energy efficient, an initiate […]

Things To Keep In Mind When Entering a Green Building Contract

Last week, we published an article identifying some Things That Can Go Wrong On A Green Building Project.    To prepare for these potential problems (and others), here is a list of things you should keep in mind when contracting for a green building project: 1)    Define Things: Terms like ‘sustainability,’ ‘green certification’ and ‘high performance […]

ConsensusDOCS v. AIA – Form Contract Wars

While attending the Associated Owners & Developers 14th Annual Construction Industry Conference, entitled How Owners and Contractors Can Control Project Risk, here in New Orleans today, I sat in on a informative session regarding ConsensusDOCS. The session was moderated by John Orrison. David Hendrick, Daniel Lund, Jeff Paris and William Steinhardt were the featured panelists. […]

Is Failure To Achieve LEED Certification Consequential Damages?

The LEED Certification process can be quite complex.   It takes months after a project's completion to get the paperwork process, the paperwork itself can be a heafty stack, and that's not even taking into account the complicated points framework, the certification gray-areas, the de-certification process and more.... (Want a good discussion of all these frustrating […]

Presenting At Green Legal Matters This Week in New Orleans

Here is a truth:  Green Building is not a fad. Between 2005 and 2008, the Green Building Construction industry has grown by 500%, from a $10 billion industry to a $49b industry.   McGraw-Hill Trends Driving Change Report's Green Outlook 2009 predicts the industry tripling between now and 2013, to a $140b market. If you're in […]

What is PACE Financing and Is It Doomed?

Started in the green revolution's holy land, Berkley, California, PACE financing is shorthand for Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing (Wikipedia entry). The concept is simple:  cities loan money to property owners to install clean energy equipment.   The loans are then repaid to the city through annual property tax assessments. As originally conceived, it's a win/win/win situation […]