Friday, December 11, 2009

Green Houses are Booming

Statistics keep supporting the fact that green construction is up, even though the construction industry has been hit hard by the economy. If you aren't learning about green construction, you should be.

Challenge to Massachusetts Builders

Send me your residential renovation or new construction contracts (residential or commercial). After signing an engagement letter, I will review your contracts for free! If I don't find five things that might hurt your business, I will donate $50.00 to charity. If I do, you agree to donate $50.00 to charity. That's it. No strings attached. You do have to let me explain my recommendations to you; preferably in person.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Conclusion of Risks in Green Construction

  1. Conclusion
    1. More risk in green construction
    2. Maintain excellent communication with your clients
    3. Allocate risk and responsibility in your contract.
    4. Keep apprised of developments in state and local law.
    5. Maintain familiarity with available rebates.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Dealing with Suppliers in Green Construction

  1. Suppliers
    1. Only choose reputable suppliers
    2. Include disclaimers if consumers or designer insists on an unfamiliar product.
    3. Make sure you acquire all necessary documentation for installation, warranties and rebates.
    4. Make sure proper installation procedures are followed.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Contracts with Designers in Green Construction

  1. Designers:
    1. Allocate liability between builder and designer as clearly as possible
    2. Reserve right to trump designer if not feasible or in violation of local laws or building codes.
    3. Consider whether designer will remain involved throughout the project.
    4. Request indemnity clause. They will pay the builder back if they are held liable.