Did You Miss Greenbuild?

Over the past year, I've been lucky enough to get to know Jeremy Sigmon at the US Green Building Council. Jeremy works to educate the public and government officials about building codes. It has been a busy year for him with the introduction of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). When Jeremy invited me to sit on a panel at Greenbuild in Toronto, I jumped at the opportunity.

Now you can listen to the audio of our Greenbuild panel.  The audio is available at the USGBC Knowledge Exchange and is the first option ("Greenbuild 2011 Specialty"). 

The panel created a moment of clarity for me and I went on a bit of a rant. Hope you enjoy the podcast and let me know if you any thoughts or questions.

I will also be participating in an upcoming green building legal webinar with the ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee. Surety bonds are often misunderstood within the green building industry. Hopefully we can provide some clarity on how surety bonds and green building projects intersect: 

The live audio webinar will take place next Thursday, December 8, 2011 from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern. Entitled Keys to Managing Green Construction Risks, Liability and Litigation, this program will focus on the key concerns and solutions to the ever changing green construction culture. With the emergence of new green building codes, updates in green ratings systems, and new legal issues, green construction has become one of the newest areas of risk, liability and litigation for the construction industry. Our esteemed panel brings a wealth of practical experience in managing these risks in contracts, insurance and surety bond issues, including actual case studies from the field of failed green construction.

For more information on this program,
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I hope to hear from you on the webinar. 

I Will Buy You a Beignet

A while back, I read a blog post describing how to prepare for a conference.  I am going to the ABA Construction Forum's Talking Green Blues event in New Orleans this week and decided to apply one idea to my conference preparation.

There are two questions in the forefront of my mind and I am not leaving New Orleans without the answers:

1.  What are people doing with contracts involving green building?
2.  How should I start studying up in order to become a renewable energy expert?

If you have answers to any of these questions, email me.  If you are going to be at the event and would like to meet up for a chat, a drink or some gumbo, email me.  If you have an answer to any of these questions and you will be in New Orleans this week, you have to email me.

Seriously. 

Photo:  Phillipe Leroyer