The sudden popularity of all things green is exposing builders — whether they know it or not — to new legal risks. There are risks associated with drafting the contract, navigating the permit approval process, and resolving disputes over projects that fail to achieve their sustainability goals.

As a builder, your main line of defense is a well-written contract — one that spells out what the project is trying to achieve and who is responsible for achieving it. These are important parts of the agreement and need to be negotiated in advance during frank discussions among the architect, the contractor, and the client.

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