Lang Baker & Klain’s
lawyers help Arizona contractors and
subcontractors profit from green
Our green building services include:
green construction contracts
obtaining LEED certification and
complying with LEED prerequisites
Representation in LEED
with other green building standards
Mike Thal, an active member of the Green
Building Council, monitors the latest developments in sustainable design and
green building laws and standards. We can help you take advantage of
opportunities in green building projects – from inception to substantial
completion – while minimizing costs and risks associated with doing business in
this rapidly growing and often complicated area of construction.
Green Contracts. Advising you on the
benefits and impacts of green building that increase each project’s efficiency
and marketability is just one of sustainability services. LEED projects entail
risks and responsibilities that must be carefully and properly allocated in
preparing project documentation, including the owner-contractor agreement and
the owner-architect agreement. We can help you identify, manage and avoid risks
inherent in green building, particularly risks arising from contract
negotiation, drafting and performance.
LEED Certification. Many private and
public green building projects are approved with a goal of achieving a specified
level of LEED certification. We help contractors navigate the process for
obtaining LEED or other types of certification. In addition, we can provide
advice on green building and ENERGY STAR™ requirements for new commercial and
residential buildings, as well as retrofits and renovation, and we can advise on
best practices to comply with the International Code Council’s ANSI-approved
National Green Building Standard.
LEED Certification Challenges. Because they can be initiated by anyone, at any time, for any reason,
challenges to LEED certification are among the most significant legal risks for
LEED certified projects. We can help you understand the implications and
liabilities created by the LEED certification challenge process and can defend
you against certification challenges.
Compliance. As the federal government,
states and municipalities continue to adopt green building standards and provide
tax and other incentives for green construction, we can advise you on which
green building standards might apply to your project and how to maximize
In Arizona and
nationally, new construction and remodeling activity is
increasingly focused on green building (also known as green construction or
thanks to growing environmental consciousness among owners
and consumers and, more recently, federal income tax
incentives and dedicated use of economic stimulus funds.
building is relatively new within the Arizona construction
industry, it is not a short-term fad. The strong support of
federal, state and local governments virtually ensures that
green building is here for the long term.
What is “green building”? Green building (also known as “green construction” or
“sustainable building”) is the practice of creating
structures and using processes that are environmentally
responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's
life cycle, from siting and design to construction,
operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction.
What does “LEED” stand for? LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is
an internationally recognized green building certification
system that provides third-party verification that a project
was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving
performance across the spectrum of environmental
considerations: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon
dioxide emission reduction, improved indoor environmental
quality, and stewardship of resources.
Developed by the
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building
owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and
implementing practical and measurable green building design,
construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Other
major building environmental tools include Green Globes,
Build It Green, Living Building Challenge and the
International Green Construction Code.