WPL Publishing to Host Webinar on Green Construction Contracts

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The 90-minute webinar is suited for architects, engineers, public and private owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and attorneys.

“Green” construction contracts will be the focus of a webinar that WPL Publishing has scheduled for next month.

Green building is becoming the standard for the built environment. Studies predict a 900 percent worldwide growth in green-certified buildings by 2020. However, along with the many benefits of building green come new challenges and risks. The webinar, which is scheduled for Aug. 11, 2010, at 1:00 (EDT), will provide a clear picture of the new risks that green building brings and how they can be circumvented or shared among stakeholders. To register for “Green Construction Contracts,” visit http://tinyurl.com/36aonlr.

During the webinar, Bryan Jackson, a green and sustainable construction partner at Allen Matkins, will discuss various green risks that need to be properly managed and negotiated in green construction contracts. Among the other topics he will address are the following:

  • Can a construction professional really afford not to go green? Consider the loss of salability, loss of leasability, and lenders refusing to finance non-green projects.
  • Are “not-green-enough” lawsuits the wave of the future?
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design project certification and de-certification -- what happens if it is the latter?
  • Green and sustainable construction may have to adjust to performance in changing geographies and climates.
  • Contractors need to recognize that there is additional risk in innovative products from new suppliers and apply a higher degree of rigor in evaluation.
  • What happens if a construction professional signs a contract for a certain certification level and that standard is not achieved -- who is responsible?

Jackson is a national expert in drafting and negotiating construction and design professional contracts for all project types including hospitals, sports facilities, universities, hotels, high-rise office buildings, desalination plants, and other structures. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

After the presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/36aonlr.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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