Wednesday, March 30, 2011

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY'S BIG GREEN BUILDING HEADACHE

This article was provided by SuretyBonds.com, a nationwide surety bond producer. SuretyBonds.com works with a number of construction companies and distributes information to help keep the industry's professionals updated on developing regulations.


Regulations are constantly changing for all professionals working within the construction industry, whether you're talking about modular home builders who create personal living spaces or contractors who work on multi-million dollar public projects.

Debate over the ever-changing regulations surrounding green building is one area of the industry that seems to give all construction professionals a headache. Regulations vary greatly by jurisdiction, and keeping track of exactly which laws construction professionals need to follow can be difficult when construction professionals do business in more than one state.

Since green building is a relatively new building philosophy, construction professionals are finding it difficult to sort both legal and moral responsibilities while also weighing in the economical factor. Thus far, building with green products and eco-friendly approaches almost always costs more and results in structures that deteriorate more quickly.

Some green building advocates want to encourage responsible green building by making use of green performance bonds, which would guarantee a certain quality of work. While this seems proactive and logical in theory, it's hard to outline exactly what should legally be expected of contractors who take the initiative to use green products and building approaches. With new and unreliable eco-friendly products, is it really fair to encourage contractors to use such approaches and then fine them when it doesn't produce expected results?

Industry professionals in that arena are still trying to straighten out what exactly they'll need to do in order to fulfill certain requirements outlined in the 2006 Green Building Act. The bill was passed by Washington DC, making it the first area in the U.S. to mandate of the use of green performance bonds. The law is slated to go into effect in 2012, but many in the industry are skeptical about how enforceable green performance bonds.

It's no doubt that the agendas behind legislation like the Green Building Act and programs like the ManufacturedHousing Program work to protect consumers. Unfortunately, at times arbitrary regulations are established, leaving construction professionals on their own to find solutions if they want their company to be able to sustain itself.

1 comment:

john haddad said...

Coach,

The idea about building green starts with blue - Energy Star Blue. The objective of ENERGY STAR is to make homes:

1. Energy Efficient
2. Healthy and Safe
3 Durable
4. And Comfortable

Energy Star 3.0 will go in affect at the end of this year with more quality control issues and requirements to enhance a homes short term and long term performance - this included making homes long lasting.