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Monday, August 17, 2009

Can You Guarantee LEED Certification? : Green Building Law Update #LEED #BIM #GreenLaw

More from the lawyers....
...and for all you Revit users out there, ask your reseller if they sell Ecotect or IES (like my company which is the only firm in Florida to sell both exclusively). If your reseller isn't involved in LEED building calculation software, you may want to consider finding another reseller. Not only is this stuff so important, but you're going to take on more legal liability for using CAD and polylines instead of BIM.

As long as we're on the topic, you're going to want to start making your engineers use Revit MEP also. Just ask them when they'll be online with Revit MEP and ask to see their first completed project. If you think you can keep hiring engineers that aren't involved with BIM and LEED, let me know what your counterpoints are to negate this.

Can You Guarantee LEED Certification?

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This week, we are going to be looking at an issue near and dear to me: guarantees of LEED certification. Two publications from last week made clear to me the wide variety of views on the issue:

(1) Washington Business Journal's On Site, "Hot Potato" by Vandana Sinha (print only):

For the most part, these players have come together time and again to score a LEED designation and plaque. But what happens when one of the parties comes up short, and the project misses its LEED goal? Who's at fault?
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Green building mandates make the question even more important. . . . "As more LEED mandates come out that require certification, this becomes a bigger deal," says Cheatham, a LEED-accredited D.C. construction attorney with Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP, where his primary job is to worry about risks associated with green building and things like the D.C. performance bond. "That's actual cost. That's money. The owner will recognize that risk and more likely want to hold somebody accountable at the end."

(2) CoStar, "Guaranteeing LEED Certification" by Andrew C. Burr:

Energy Ace Inc., an Atlanta-based energy services and LEED consulting firm headed by Wayne Robertson, is offering what it calls the industry's first LEED certification guarantee.

At a time when many cities and states have begun mandating LEED-certified buildings, “We can offer clients a certainty that their project is going to be certified and remove that anxiety,” Robertson said.

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“One of the senior architects was saying that these mandates are putting us in a position to offer a guarantee, and we can’t do that,” Robertson said. “And I’m thinking, yes we can.”

Who is right? Is my concern about LEED guarantees warranted? Or are companies like Energy Ace Inc. able to avoid issues surrounding LEED guarantees? Are we both right?


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