As much as possible, I like to highlight various forms of construction contract documents. In most of my green building presentations over the past few months, I have talked about the "soon to be released" Green Building Addendum from ConsensusDOCS. Well, that day has finally come!
Based upon my preliminary review of the 310 Green Building Addendum, I am confident to say that the blogosphere of architects, engineers, owners, contractors, LEED AP-ers, and attorneys is going to be jumping. There are a lot of new terms, such as Elected Physical Green Measures and Elected Green Status; there is a new contractual party, called the Green Building Facilitator (or "GBF"); and there is a meaty "Risk Allocation" section in the document.
The first seven sections of the 310 Green Building Addendum include the following:
- General Principles, including an acknowledgment that Green Measures are being incorporated into the project that affect the roles and responsibilities of the parties.
- Definitions, which introduce and define all the new players, roles and responsibilities.
- Green Requirements and Procedures, which are elected by the owner.
- Green Building Facilitator, which addresses who this person will be and what his role will be.
- Green Status, which sets the targeted status (i.e., LEED Certified Silver).
- Green Measures, which outlines the steps to achieve the Green Status.
- Plans and Specifications, which helps incorporate the green measures into the underlying contract documents.
Section 8 addresses risk allocation, which is where I will probably spend a couple of days digesting. In this section, you will find issues such as:
- The role of the contractor during the process, as well as a provision that limits the contractor’s responsibility for performing certain services.
- A waiver of consequential damages, which is the provision that every green attorney will want to take a look at first.
- A general limitation of liability provision that addresses the failure to attain the targeted status, as well as, the failure to receive any intended benefits to the environment.
One cursory review … and I did not find anything absolutely surprising. I was interested to see that the contract document was not LEED-driven, meaning that the drafters wrote the green measure provisions and the green status provisions broad enough to include all existing and any future green building programs.