Sustainable Building: Anticipate Potential Liability to Manage Risk
Whether motivated by environmental responsibility, economic efficiency or regulatory necessity, construction project stakeholders are increasingly incorporating "sustainable" or "green" design into their projects. As what was once a trend becomes the norm, it will likely impact your clients, be they builders, architects, engineers, manufacturers, hospitals, banks or individuals. While sustainable building aims to achieve waste reduction, energy conservation and even cost savings, without appropriate planning, it can also result in liability. This potential for liability must be anticipated when advising clients involved with sustainable construction.