I am happy to share with you that I will be a contributing editor to ENR’s Viewpoint section offering commentary about legal and risk issues facing the design and construction industries.

My first contribution is titled, “An Uphill Battle Against LEED-Based Codes” where I review my predictions regarding the reception of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) in the year ahead and the impact that the soon-to-be released version of LEED will have on the relevance of the IgCC. Click here to read the ENR.com article.

I invite you to follow along at ENR.com for future updates. We will also be posting links to those updates here and on our LinkedIn company page.

Thank you for your continued support.


I read today on GreenerBuildings.com that YKK AP America is holding a green building video competition called “Building a Better Tomorrow, Today.” I think it is an interesting way to promote green building and to raise awareness of the innovative techniques that are being used in sustainable building designs, products, and construction.

According to the YKK AP website, the entered videos should be “about an idea, design, product, or project on how America can enhance the built environment for generations to come from an energy-savings, green-building, or sustainability perspective.”  That criteria opens the competition to a broad spectrum of entries, and I’m sure there will be no shortage of ideas to be shared.

The video entries will be posted on YouTube (unless specifically chosen to be submitted privately), so that these ideas, products or projects will be available to the public.  Be sure to check them out.  The contest runs from September 2 through October 15, 2010.

Check the YKK AP website for details about the contest.  And, be sure to let us know which entry you think is the most innovative or creative.