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In this month's feature article, I talk about the risks of green building. I note that one of the problems with model contracts, such as those from AIA, is that they don't adequately address issues of green building technology, performance, or certification. Of course, a few days after that article goes live, AIA releases a model scope of services defining an architect's role in LEED certification. That document is available (for $6) here.

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1 It looks like the AIA had the posted by Bradford Pierce AIA on 12/17/2009 at 04:43 am

It looks like the AIA had these standards spelled out in 2004 in form B214–2004, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: LEED® Certification, and was revised and updated in 2007 as AIA Document B214–2007.

From the AIA document page: B214–2007 (formerly B214–2004), Standard Form of Architect’s Services: LEED® Certification AIA Document B214–2007 establishes duties and responsibilities when the owner seeks certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). Among other things, the architect’s services include conducting a pre-design workshop where the LEED rating system will be reviewed and LEED points will be targeted, preparing a LEED certification plan, monitoring the LEED certification process, providing LEED specifications for inclusion in the contract documents and preparing a LEED certification report detailing the LEED rating the project achieved. B214–2007 may be used in two ways: (1) incorporated into the owner/architect agreement as the architect’s sole scope of services or in conjunction with other scope of services documents, or (2) attached to AIA Document G802–2007, Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement, to create a modification to an existing owner/architect agreement. B214–2007 is a scope of services document only and may not be used as a stand-alone owner/architect agreement. B214–2007 was revised in 2007 to align, as applicable, with B101–2007. NOTE: B214–2004 was retired in May 2009.

2 If we do ask any children wha posted by anna russel on 01/27/2010 at 10:02 pm

If we do ask any children what is Green Building, they will literally answer you a building that is colored in green paint.

In reality a Green Building is a course of action defining to the building construction and also known as the green construction. It is a process adopting an environmentally green scheme of designing, construction and operation of sustainable building practices.

These practices of Green Building expands and compliments the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability and comfort.

As always said, technology updates every single minute across the globe and while man has always been conducting research on how to best make life easier, technology these days offers us a number of luxuries and breakthroughs in terms of home or industrial functions.

And although new technologies are constantly being developed to compliment and in accordance to the current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green building are designed to reduce the overall impact of built environment on human health and the natural environment by saving energy and water, reduce waste and pollution that is particularly for the living environment.

Green Building and technology is applied and practiced varying from region to region following essential principles deriving from methodology. Whilst Green Building concept is adopted in the construction structures, a green building technology produce as well a great cumulative effect. These are the features offered in the innovative smart systems of home automation solutions that controls your household functions in most commonly the lights and air conditioning that which are the vital utility used at every home and in the industries, thus other functions are as well controlled and monitored through a smart green building system.

3 i am being refused a refinanc posted by margaret bumgarner on 01/14/2010 at 01:15 pm

i am being refused a refinancing loan for repirs and improvements to my house because it is "earth=sheltered" and "green" in many ways. QUICKEN LOANS wants appraisals on two different earth=sheltered homes in our area that have been offered for sale in the last year. I live in a rural area and even though we do have 2 earth sheltered homes in the area, they haven't been offered for sale witin the past year. QUICKEN LOANS blames the government for not giving the loan. I don't know who to blame. I do know that if homes like mine cannot obtain financing then the "green" movement is at an end. Please write you congressmen and representatives. margaret bumgarner


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