This page is a collection of our green and sustainability risk management resources. These resources cover a range of practice issues and expert opinions.
Navigating Sustainability: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Designing and Constructing Green Buildings
Many misconceptions about the construction costs, energy
performance, and innovative technologies of green buildings persist
currently, despite scientific studies demonstrating that sustainable
buildings can be constructed at market value, on time, and
usually perform better than traditional buildings. This paper
analyzes trends in the green building and construction industry as a
whole. Green building rating systems, standards, and codes are
Though sustainable buildings are generally healthier and safer,
several aspects of their design and construction contribute to unique
additional risks. These risks, best practices for design professionals
in order to mitigate them, and relevant contract documents
Sustainable Design Risk Management
Though a truly “green” design is difficult to achieve, it is
impossible to argue against the value of sustainability in the design
and operation of our built environment. Green design minimizes
hazardous environmental consequences and reduces energy use.
Designing for sustainability involves considering
environmentally responsible design alternatives consistent with the
client’s program, schedule, and budget. This paper will explore some of
the legal and insurance implications of the “green” movement, as well
developments in common rating systems.
Papers from the Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys
Sustainable Design: How to Survive the Green Revolution - Mark E. Meredith, Esquire and Peng Paine Sun (51st Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys)
Is the Standard of Care Evolving In a World Gone Green and High Tech? - David A. Ericksen, Esquire (48th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys)
Legally Green: What Lawyers Need to Know About Sustainable Design - G. William Quatman, Esquire and Paula Vaughn, AIA, LEED® Faculty (47th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys)
Voluntary Education Program (VEP) is a self-study program loaded with in-depth risk management guidance. The first half of module 2-8,
Specialized Risks: Designing for Sustainability and Condo Projects, deals with the potential liability inherent in green design.