WPL Webinar to Examine the Hidden Risks of Green Building

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The interactive event is targeted to various professionals in the construction community, including design professionals, engineers, architects, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and attorneys.

WPL Publishing has scheduled a webinar to warn the major parties to construction contracts about the hidden risks of green building.

Webinar attendees will gain a better understanding of new risks that construction professionals face as they go green and how they can write contracts with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in mind to both minimize their risks and stay out of court. The 90-minute event, entitled “The Hidden Risks of Green Building,” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/43cccdr.

The webinar will explore the following topics:

  • Why contractors need to recognize that there is additional risk in innovative products from new suppliers and apply a higher degree of rigor in evaluation.
  • How green building affects financing opportunities -- is it easier because of the increased value of a property that is LEED certified or harder because of the new risks involved?
  • What happens if a contract is signed for a certain certification level and it is not met -- who is responsible?
  • Why regional climates and cultures in developing best practices need to be considered.

Addressing attendees will be James Bidgood, a partner at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, and Liberty Building Forensics Group Vice President George DuBose. Bidgood has handled various construction claims and disputes involving such projects as high-rise office towers, rapid-transit rail and station projects, petrochemical plants, waste-treatment facilities, port facilities, shopping centers, and Superfund environmental projects. DuBose has lectured on building-performance problems for more than 10 years and has co-authored two manuals on moisture-related mold problems and commissioning in hot/humid climates.
Following their presentations, 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/43cccdr.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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