Over the past week or so, several great pieces have been written across the web relating to green building
and other construction industry related topics. Without re-hashing the
great analysis found in those articles, I thought that it would be
helpful to point them out.
On the green building front, the International Green Construction Code or IGCC
(2.0) was introduced at Green Build to much debate and acclaim. As
pointed out by my friend and fellow LEED AP construction attorney, Doug
Reiser (@douglasreiser) in his Builder's Counsel Blog, several states and municipalities have adopted this construction code.
Whether you agree or disagree with this move, it is time to get
educated on this development and how it could affect your business going
forward. To do so, check out the webinar and audio at Chris Cheatham's (@chrischeatham) Green Building Law Update for some great analysis. Chris also has a series of articles analyzing the IGCC that are worth a read.
On another note, the U. S. Supreme Court recently upheld
the constitutionality of the Legal Arizona Workers Act. While in an of
itself this does not implicate construction in Virginia, it very well
could. One aspect of the AZ law is the requirement of the use of E-Verify
to determine the immigration status of workers. The penalty in
Arizona is potential revocation of business charters and licenses. As pointed out by my fellow presenter at Green Matters and pal Scott Wolfe (@scottwolfejr),
this latest ruling rekindles the debate relating to E-Verify and could
lead to a patchwork of different regulations for those that work in
various states or on federal construction projects. I highly recommend
Scott's analysis of this issue that is linked above.
These latest developments have legal implications for the
construction professionals in Virginia and elsewhere. Regardless of
what state you are in, be sure to consult with an experienced construction lawyer in your state as these developments progress.
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