Building green can open the door to plenty of legal pitfalls, a new study warns.
A new study by Harvard Law School's Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and sponsored by Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, a Philadelphia law firm, says that green building raises a number of liability questions.
What if the building set out to meet LEED certification or other government green-building standards, but falls short, for example? What if it fails to garner expected tax breaks from the government for building green?
Already, according to Robert Fox, a managing partner with the Philadelphia firm, a number of legal disputes have arisen in the area of green building.
"We're seeing the litigation starting now, and my sense is that there will be more as the government is imposing this as a requirement," he said, referring to increasing mandates or incentives by governments at all levels to encourage green building practices.