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Matthew DeVries

Matt is a construction & litigation attorney at Burr & Forman LLP and father of seven young kids.

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FTC Releases Revised Green Guides

Posted in Environmental
After nearly five years of deliberations, the Federal Trade Commission has released its revised "Green Guides," which are aimed at environmental marketing claims. The guidelines were first introduced in 1992 and updated in 1996 and 1998. (For more history and context for the Green Guides, we invite you to read the FTC’s 314-page statement of… Continue Reading

Healthcare Is Fastest Growing Market for Prefabrication and Modular Construction

Posted in Environmental, Green Building, Healthcare Construction, LEED
Timing is everything!  As I was preparing for a LEED for Healthcare presentation this week, one of my partners sent me a piece about the innovative use of "pods" to cut building costs. The article by Mike Boyer focused on a team of two plumbing and mechanical contracting firms who want to transform how the… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Green Marketing Under FTC Scrutiny

Posted in Environmental
Today’s guest post is by fellow Stites attorney Bill Gorton, who acts as national counsel to numerous clients on natural resource, environmental regulatory and land and water resources matters. He has been counsel in the development of over 10 power plants. If you have questions, you can contact Bill by email or phone at 859-226-2241.… Continue Reading

EPA Issues Rule to Reduce Water Pollution from Construction Sites

Posted in Environmental, Legislation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday issued a final rule in an effort to reduce water pollution on construction sites. The rule, which is set to take effect in February 2010 over a four-year period, is targeted to improve the quality of water nationwide.  According to a press release by the EPA, the impact is significant:  Construction activities like clearing, excavating and grading significantly… Continue Reading

Tennessee Supreme Court Says Environmental Laws Are Relevant in Punitive Damage Award Against Contractor

Posted in Case Law, Environmental, Legal Trends, Tennessee
I love seeing a case zig zag through the appellate process … and I especially enjoy reading one where intermediate appellate court reverses the trial court and the highest court then reverses that intermediate appellate court.  I know, I’m sick. In a decision released yesterday, Goff v. Elmo Greer & Sons Construction Company, the Supreme Court of Tennessee reversed the… Continue Reading

Smackdown in the SEC: Alabama versus Tennessee in the Green Building Debate

Posted in Environmental, Green Building
Living in the SEC at this time of the year is exciting!  The competition is fierce and everyone has their favorite.  And I am not talking about football . . . Last week, I highlighted that Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was speaking to a group of contractors in Nashville at the annual convention for the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.  At the… Continue Reading

Cars and Powerlines: Measuring the Value vs. Cost of Sustainable Design

Posted in Environmental
Today’s post was written by François Lévy, an architect, author and professor. Lévy maintains a blog, Sustainable Architecture, which he describes as a collection of short and thought-provoking essays on sustainability and architecture. Lévy resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and three children. As an architect and a concerned citizen, I am frequently required… Continue Reading

Rockstar of Sustainability Helps Grow Green Prefab Homes

Posted in Environmental, Green Building
What does it take to become a Rockstar of Sustainability in today’s environment?  As reported by Wendy Koch of USA Today, it takes the following: Being an architect in San Francisco with a desire to build your own eco-friendly home Taking 14 months to actually build it Designing a more, affordable alternative Stalking manufacturers to build the… Continue Reading

BNA: “Climate Change Bill Offers Construction Opportunities, Raises Concerns”

Posted in Environmental, Legislation
Within the past couple of months, BNA started a new report called Infrastructure Investment & Policy Report.  Earlier this week, I was contacted by BNA reporter Kate Naseef to share some thoughts about HR 2454, the climate change legislation that was recently approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its affect on the construction industry.  According to AGC and ABC representatives,… Continue Reading

Green Power Hits the Radio Waves … Affects Construction Industry

Posted in Case Law, Environmental, Legal Trends, Legislation
As I was driving to work, a super-hero-like voice interrupted my morning news program on the radio: "Green Power Switch is coming to a neighborhood near you!  Green Power Switch will allow you, the consumer, to choose to purchase “green” energy from the companies that sell the power that TVA generates." That’s right! The Tennessee… Continue Reading