WPL Webinar to Help Construction Professionals Prepare for New Green Building Requirements

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WPL Publishing’s interactive “What Happens When Green Becomes Code?” webinar is suited for a wide variety of professionals within the construction community, including engineers, architects, owners, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and construction law attorneys.

WPL Publishing soon will host a webinar to help professionals within the construction community adjust to the changing landscape of green building policy in the United States.

An increasing number of municipalities and state governments are adopting the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), or at least a form of it. While environmental advocates have applauded the IgCC and its adoption, there are some adverse consequences looming on the horizon. What now qualifies as best practices soon will be considered the minimum standard of care, increasing the risk profile of many projects and potentially triggering some exclusion clauses in current insurance policies. Designers and contractors will be forced to implement building features with complex components that many professionals do not fully understand, leading to more frequent failures while closing the gap in market differentiators, such as experience and unique technical expertise, among firms. The webinar is designed to help construction professionals minimize such problems. To register for the 90-minute event, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), visit http://tinyurl.com/d6ghm3u.

The webinar is designed to help attendees do the following:

  • Recognize that national mandates rarely take into consideration the unique requirements of differing regions around the country (e.g., hot and humid, very cold, or very rainy climates).
  • Prepare for a time when seemingly everyone will morph into a green practitioner -- a period when the true marketplace differentiators (those professionals with experience and unique technical expertise) will become difficult to discern, and design and construction deficiencies and lawsuits increase.
  • Identify the increased risk in a green-designed and -constructed project due to the use of innovative products.
  • Identify Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits in a project that may add minimal value but dramatically increase risk.
  • Better understand the technical concerns of green building failures.

Addressing attendees will be George DuBose and Chuck Allen of Liberty Building Forensics Group (LBFG).

DuBose is a general contractor and building forensics expert, and he serves as vice president of Building Consulting Services with LBFG in Orlando, Fla. He has lectured on building performance problems for more than 10 years, authored more than 15 technical articles, and co-authored three manuals on moisture-related mold problems and commissioning in hot/humid climates, including the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s mini-monograph “The Hidden Risks of Green Buildings: Avoiding Moisture & Mold Problems.” He has more than 10 years’ experience in diagnosing, correcting, and remediating moisture-related mold problems in buildings.

Mr. Allen, who also works in LBFG’s Orlando office, is a forensic architect specializing in diagnosing building envelope and building moisture problems. He has managed and consulted on various building deficiency projects, including a LEED-certified university science laboratory; resort hotels in Colorado, central Florida, and the Caribbean; a performing arts theater complex in southern Florida; commercial buildings; multi-family residential complexes; and condominiums. His areas of technical expertise include building envelope assessment and repair, moisture and air intrusion investigation, litigation support, peer reviews, and quality assurance during construction. He has been a registered architect in Florida for more than 15 years.

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/d6ghm3u.
WPL Publishing Co., Inc. provides expert training, education, and development resources for the construction industry via live webinars and its ConstructionPro Network website (http://www.ConstructionProNet.com). Through ConstructionPro Network, WPL publishes the independent newsletter ConstructionPro Week, providing news, analysis, and insightful commentary about recent developments involving construction law, green buildings, building information modeling, and various construction managerial technologies and techniques.

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