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Industrial ince the earliest beginnings of the green building movement in America, a majority of those in the construction industry have been playing catch-up to meet the incredible demand for sustainable and high-performance buildings. McGraw-Hill Construction recently reported that the value of green building construction starts increased by 50 percent from 2008 to 2010 and accounted for 25 percent of all new construction activity in 2010. According to projections, the green building market size is expected to reach $135 billion by 2015. With all of this growth and demand and many in the construction industry pursuing green building projects without a requisite By Adam J. Richie Lesser Shades of Green S Determining Fault understanding of the underlying sustainable design and construction principles integral for success in the marketplace, the risk of green building projects falling a few shades short of green continues to rise. The one lingering question from a legal perspective when a green building project does fall short is, “Who gets the blame?” In many ways, the expanding legal risks associated with green building have a direct relationship with the additional performance-related and sustainability-driven benchmarks established by third-party certification programs like the LEED-certification program. Failing to achieve these benchmarks by the design and construction team can spell disaster for a green building project, resulting in finger-pointing and an owner looking for answers. The investigation in determining what went wrong generally involves a fact-intensive analysis and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of each party potentially implicated by the shortcomings of the less-than-green building. This sounds fairly straightforward on paper, but in practice, it can be a very challenging exercise because of the high level of collaboration between the project participants that is prevalent on most green building projects and the amalgamation of responsibilities resulting from this collaboration. For example, on LEED-certified projects, the United States Green Building Council promotes an integrative design process in which design and construction professionals are encouraged to collectively develop the design concepts through a sharing of ideas and a process of observation and analysis, which naturally lends itself to alternative project delivery methods such as the 152 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

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Construction Today - October/November 2011
Energy Efficiency
Green Building
Executive Perspective
Best Practices
Bernards Construction – El Capitan High School
Bogner Construction Co. – College of Wooster Scot Center
Jean McClung Middle School
Hellas Sports Construction
The Walsh Group – NOAA Pacific Regional Headquarters
Haskell Co. – Scripps Proton Therapy Center
Robert A. Bothman Inc. – Stockton Unified School District
JE Dunn – Energy Systems Integration Facility
Rosendin Electric – AVUHSD Solar Project
Ratcliff Construction Company – Crossroads Church
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Flintco Pacific – Calaveras County Adult Detention Facility
Lee Lewis Construction – Angelo State University’s Plaza Verde Student Housing
Manhattan Construction – First Baptist Church of Dallas
Market & Johnson – Eau Claire County Courthouse project
McTech Corp – 97th Military Police Battalion Headquarters
Parkland Health & Hospital System
RBC Construction
Central Building and Preservation – Randolph Tower City Apartments
Scaparotti Construction Group
Trinity Properties – Trinity Place
Advanced Real Estate Services
Lawrence B. Wohl Inc./Wohl Diversified Services
TN Ward and Commercial Interiors – Maryland Live
ASX Construction – Parc Lafayette
Bayland Buildings Inc.
Dependable Mechanical Systems
New Dawn Developments
DSLD Homes
Aquilini Development and Construction Inc.
Cobalt Construction – Meta Housing
Lifestyle Communities
Pratt and Associates LLC
Miramonte Homes
MP J.J. Duffy Joint Venture/Pathway Senior Living LLC – Victory Centre Vernon Hills
Woodland Homes
Aecom/Inima Joint Venture – Hialeah, Fla., Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – Austin Water Treatment Plant No. 4
Pepper-Lawson Construction – Missouri City Surface Water Treatment Plant
MWH Constructors – AWT Improvements
Blount Contracting Inc.
Harbor Offshore Services
Cruz Construction Inc.
Humble Construction
Nova-Con Projects Ltd.
Trimen Electric
EllisDon Corp. – Atlantic Region
EllisDon Corp. – St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care
Focus Equities
Intercom Services Immobiliers
George Brown College – New Waterfront Campus
Seaside Transportation Services
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