Saturday, October 31, 2009

LEED to Become More Stringent

http://southeast.construction.com/features/2009/1101_GreenDesignAndConstruction-1.asp#

This post is a good follow-up to my recent webinar for Professional Builder Magazine, "Legally Green: Deliver the Green You Promise." It discusses the latest requirement for LEED, which includes providing water and energy-usage data for five years after the building is complete. It means that a building could face de-certification.

From a legal standpoint, this could be a nightmare. Who would be liable? What sort of guarantees are now going to be required from contractors and construction companies? What about those who provide subsequent repairs and maintenance? The issues regarding causation alone could result in years of litigation.

I am going to be publishing a series of blog posts from my presentation that will elaborate on these issues, but I can't help wondering whether the powers that be should be planning more carefully before imposing these restrictions.

This kind of stringent requirement could result in builders pursuing other green certification programs and avoiding LEED altogether.