You probably think that I have been around too long and have seen too many contracts to sign anything containing an important specification that isn't clearly defined. Surely I would never do something as stupid as that, right? Wrong, unfortunately. Recently I was involved in preparing bidding specs for a building; everything was done by committee and we all agreed that the project would be "green." But now that we're too far along for second thoughts, I'm wondering, "Hey, what is a ‘green' building?"

At the time, I thought I knew what it meant: a building that's technically advanced in terms of energy use and inhabitant comfort. So does that mean, for example, that I wanted the building roofed with sod? Well, I hadn't actually thought about sod. As it turns out, though, that is what one of the other committee members meant when he talked...

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