Starwood’s element hotel brand is coming to Mercer County, New Jersey, and raises some interesting green legal questions in the context of franchising arrangements.
A panel discussion at the recent West Coast Green conference touched on some important liability issues as they relate to green building and sustainability.
I had the opportunity last week to attend an excellent CLE that was offered by American Land. The program focused on the legal issues that attorneys must remain particularly mindful of when advising clients on green real estate projects. Accordingly, here are gbNYC’s top five legal issues that green construction projects may present to participants. […]
I’ve written before about the potential for design professionals to unwittingly expose themselves to unanticipated risks on green construction projects. In a presentation at last month’s 2007 AIA National Convention in San Antonio, Frank Musica, an attorney with a Maryland-based insurance company, provided an overview of twenty-one actual “green claims” brought against engineers and architects. […]
The May/June issue of eco-structure magazine offers an excellent article on insurance industry perspectives towards green building and the potential risks that design professionals may unwittingly encounter on green projects. Written by Chicago-based Gary Kingery, a design professional liability underwriter for architects and engineers, the article starts out by noting that insurers have little understanding […]
Next Tuesday, February 20, from 1:00 to 2:30PM EST, the American Bar Association will hold a teleconference and live audio webcast addressing a variety of green building issues. What’s particularly noteworthy is that this appears to be the first forum of its kind offered by the ABA that will discuss the various legal and risk […]
*This article is posted with the permission of its authors, Ryan Miner and Dean Thomson, of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A. It was originally published in the firm’s Construction Law Briefing Paper, a publication of FWHT distributed to its clients and other industry professionals, in August of 2006. You can access all of the […]
The Associated General Contractors of America has released a forty-eight page treatise entitled The Contractors’ Guide to BIM: Edition 1. Co-authored by general contractor/design-builder Barton Malow’s executive vice-president Les Snyder, the Guide hopes to allay contractors’ various fears about BIM, including its potential legal risks. Cadalyst AEC believes the Guide is the first BIM publication […]
I’m planning a more detailed post about Building Design + Construction‘s recently released 2006 White Paper on Sustainability (this year’s is titled Green Building and the Bottom Line), but I wanted to briefly point out that item number ten (of ten!) in the editors’ Executive Summary is a direct acknowledgement of the legal issues that […]