As I sit down to write my annual list of resolutions for contractors, I am amazed at how much things changed in 2020. Construction was going well and then, in March 2020, COVID-19 hit. At first, we thought it was going to be a disaster for the construction industry. States, cities and towns shut down projects and many applied for PPP loans. Then, something amazing happened. Construction was considered an essential service and everyone was back to work.  That said, the work world changed: companies were donating their PPE to frontline workers, COVID-19 protocols had to be followed and paperwork had to be filed. Everyone was scrambling to figure out how to comply and keep their businesses going. So, you may or may not ask, what was I, as a construction lawyer doing? I spent March and April thinking about the new risks contractors/construction companies were facing and developing contract clauses to protect the industry. I wrote a number of blog posts with clauses to add to your contra

Green Roofs-Are They a Fire Hazard?

This is a thoughtful post from Rich Cartlidge's blog: Green Building and Environmental Trends

The Roof is on Fire! Potential Risks of Green Roofs

I don't know how Rich stays up on the most current issues in green construction, but he does. He also mentions Shari Shapiro and Chris Cheatham, to LEED-AP attorneys with excellent green construction blogs of their own. Part of what makes this interesting is the recent requirement in Toronto for green roofing: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/toronto-mulls-mandatory-green-roofs/.

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