Navigating Legal Issues Related to Sustainable Projects

Navigating Legal Issues Related to Sustainable Projects

Learn about the roles, responsibilities, risks, and opportunities unique to sustainable projects, and how to reduce risks of sustainable projects.


Sustainable projects offer exciting opportunities for the construction industry to drive positive change.  They can reduce negative environmental impacts, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the health and comfort of building occupants. However, as sustainable design and construction practices continue to evolve, owners, architects, and contractors face increasingly diverse legal issues and standards.  Through case studies using various project delivery models, you’ll explores the roles, responsibilities, risks, and opportunities inherent in sustainable projects. You’ll also learn how to reduce or better allocate the risks of such projects using the AIA’s Sustainable Projects Contract Documents and the AIA Sustainability Guide. 

Learning objectives

  • Examine how a clear understanding of each party’s unique roles and responsibilities will reduce project delays and misunderstandings, contribute to a successful sustainable project, and enhance the health and well-being of building occupants.
  • Survey the unique contractual risks that architects, owner, and contractors face when participating in sustainable projects in order to minimize or avoid them.
  • Identify key contractual modifications that can help alleviate the risks and challenges of sustainable design and construction in order to achieve a successful project.
  • Explore sustainable concepts related to the newer construction management delivery model and how these concepts contrast with the traditional design-bid-build delivery model.
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1.50 LUs
  • HSW
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  • RIBA


  • Joshua Ballance

    Joshua W. Ballance


    Senior Manager & Counsel, AIA Contract Documents, American Institute of Architects

    Joshua W. Ballance, Esq., is a Senior Manager & Counsel on the AIA Contract Documents team at...
  • Wolf Saar

    Wolf Saar


    Director of Practice, VIA Architecture

    As the Director of Practice for VIA Architecture , a 55-person firm with offices in Seattle, San...

Course details

Contents: Video, quiz, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:30

Passing Score: 80% on quiz