When parties agree to build “green,” a complex and untested round of contract negotiations begins, and these negotiations have potentially severe consequences. Because building green has become prevalent, it is important to speak with a New Orleans green building litigation attorney who can guide you through contracts and other green negotiations.
While “green building” is gaining steam across the nation, green building contracts have yet to be seriously contested or litigated in the courts. Unfortunately, this means parties to a green building project must be extra-careful that their contract adequate outlines their agreement.
The traditional form contracts distributed by the AIA or ConsensusDOCS organizations fail to address green building trends and issues, and so parties to a green building contract would be prudent to hire counsel to draft provisions to lay out the green building agreement.
Smiley Law Firm Members, Scott G. Smiley, Jr. and Douglas S. Reiser, are LEED Accredited Professionals who can offer counseling on the various measures required of Green Building projects.
The Smiley Law Firm can help advise your organization of the risks associated with green building projects, and help draft contract provisions to properly characterize your organization’s agreement and limit any unnecessary exposure. Our team is also well-suited to represent you in a green building dispute or litigation.
New Orleans Green Building Resources
- Green Building on Construction Law Monitor – Green Building articles related to legal issues facing green builders in Louisiana and Washington.
- Green Building Law Update – blog by WTHF attorney, Chris Cheatham, focused exclusively on green building legal issues
- Green Building Law – Blog by Shari Shapiro, a LEED accredited professional and attorney
- Louisiana Chapter of US Green Building Council
- South Coast Solar – Premier Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Solar Pool Heating, Lighting Efficiency Systems and Geothermal design/build contractor in the Southeast.
- FutureProof Nola: Team dedicated to having maximum impact on the integration of sustainable practices in the US and throughout the developing world.
- Global Green USA Nola Project: Global Green USA’s web space for its commitment to help rebuild New Orleans green.
- Build Green Seattle DJC: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce’s Build Green website.
- Cascadia Green Building: Seattle Area chapter of US Green Building Council.