Environment Matters

Green legal challenges

Just a few years ago, green, or sustainable, building projects were viewed either as expensive curiosities or diversions of left-leaning environmentalists.

But now, the economics of building green are better: New products have emerged; consumer demand has grown; and construction practices have improved.

In addition, political, economic and social climates are forging a new dynamic in which sustainable development is becoming mandatory in some parts of the world and increasingly will be in the U.S.

Although the array of new materials and practices available offers tremendous benefits to building owners and customers, the sustainable building landscape is rife with complex legal challenges.

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