Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series: Understanding the Legal Landscape of Transparency for Designers

  • 12 Aug 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216


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Understanding the Legal Landscape of Transparency for Designers
Best of Greenbuild Webcast Series
1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C and ID+C GBCI Credit

Our industry is in the early stages of a transformational discussion of materials and human health. Consistent with the calls for communication of ingredients in food labeling, designers are asking that building product ingredients be disclosed.

Prompted by questions from practitioners arising from new transparency tools and disclosed ingredients, in October 2013 BuildingGreen hosted a dialog among legal counsels from four architectural practices titled "Increased Transparency, Increased Liability?"

Core contributors from the original webinar reconvene in this broadcast to reflect on changes to the industry over the first year of v4 and the new MRc4, "Building Product Disclosure and Optimization." What predicted issues have arisen and what surprises have emerged? Does asking for HPDs expose a firm to additional liability? What is the responsibility of design professionals to assess the danger, the hazard, or the exposure based on disclosed information? Without disclosure, isn’t it easier to argue that the manufacturer bears that responsibility entirely?

Learning Objectives

  1. Articulate legal issues that have arisen in the first year of transparency as a strategy in LEED v4
  2. Distinguish between the legal exposure of being aware of the contents of Material Safety Data Sheets and Health Product Declarations.
  3. Make their own judgment of the risks of requesting material ingredients for building products.
  4. Understand how leading legal counsels are advising their firms to manage the new transparency data.


  1. Russell Perry, LEED AP BD+C, FAIA, Co-Director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, District of Columbia
  2. Brodie Stephens, California Licensed Attorney, General Counsel & Secretary, Perkins & Will, Inc., San Francisco, California
  3. Craig Williams, AIA, Esq., Principal and Chief Legal Officer, HKS Architects, Inc., Dallas, Texas

This session is approved for 1 hour of LEED Specific BD+C and ID+C GBCI hours.

In-Person Location (Coffee, Bagels, & Networking): Auld & White Constructors, 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216

GoToMeeting: If you plan to be a GoToMeeting participant, you will receive a separate email in addition to your confirmation email with the GoToMeeting login information.

Please RSVP online by 5:00 PM the day before the webcast. GoToMeeting/Webinar login access will be emailed to after event registration closes (usually by 7pm the day before the event).

Please contact Eric Hickox, LEED AP BD+C with any questions BEFORE the webcast. For technical questions or questions DURING the webcast, email or text Sarah Boren or 904-535-0055.

Sponsorship is available for $100/webcast or $500/series. Please contact Kim Jowers if you are interested in sponsoring this event or entire year series.

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777 Glades Road, Room EE 329, Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991, / 561-373-7367
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