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

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

We are also witnessing the changing climate of professionalliability for architects, engineers and contractors.

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