Traditional E&O Risks Emerge From Sustainable Construction

So much is going on in the world of sustainable construction, green construction products, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and other green initiatives--and all these activities appear to be moving fast.

Green-building codes have now been created for approximately 20 states. New "eco-friendly" products are being created on what seems to be a daily basis.

In addition, we recently saw the first class action lawsuit against the Green Building Council's LEED rating system, alleging fraudulent representation of the actual energy efficiencies and cost savings associated with LEED-certified buildings. (The lawsuit is described in an Oct. 22 article in GreenSource magazine, titled "USGBC, LEED Targeted by Class-Action Suit.")

If this doesn't raise expectations, what will? However, in the grand scheme sustainable construction is a fine concept that does require more long-term data and research. The fact is history has shown that "good for us today" is not always the same as "good for us tomorrow."

The best and current example is Chinese drywall, which has made numerous headlines in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

While contractors may have provided these efforts in the past, they were usually performed for internal use. Today, the risks are heightened since many other firms are now relying on the expertise provided by the contractor via the BIM process.


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