Previously he was a former construction attorney at the law firms of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald in McLean, Virginia and Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C. He has successfully drafted claims for construction and surety companies, one of which ultimately resulted in an $11.3 million verdict. Chris applies this experience to help contractors and sureties to solve their problems and resolve disputes.
States are facing significant budget gaps, and the gaps are going to affect the green building industry. States looking to shore up budgets will cut new construction and maintenance of existing buildings in the coming years. But there is a solution: public-private partnerships.
President Barack Obama's Executive Order that set sweeping green requirements for federal agencies could have a longer lasting impact on green building than the Recovery Act. Consider the GSA's new goal of "eliminating the impact of the federal government on our natural environment."
The controversy over the LEED certification of Northland Pines High School case brings the gaps in the policy for handling such challenges into sharp focus. Here are some constructive suggestions on how to improve the process.
Energy Ace Inc., a sustainability consulting firm based in Atlanta, is guaranteeing LEED certification on projects — an industry first. But there are a few things to consider about any guarantee, even from a firm that knows what it’s doing.