Getting Green Products Right
by Thomas E. Glavinich
Green project requirements can be found just about anywhere in the contract documents. This is also true for green building product requirements that are an important part of any green building project.
Just like green project requirements, green building product requirements can be included in the contract documents either explicitly or implicitly.
Green building product requirements are expressed explicitly when the required green product characteristics are included in the product's respective specification section with other standard product requirements. Implicit green building requirements are usually included in the contract documents by reference.
Also, explicitly including green building product requirements should speed the bid process, increase bid accuracy, provide a level playing field for both experienced and inexperienced bidders, and result in fewer change orders and disputes during construction and commissioning.
Explicitly including green building requirements in the specification and on the drawings where appropriate is the preferred approach, because this lowers the contractor's risk.
In the broadest sense, green building product requirements could be included directly in the owner-contractor agreement, as part of the supplemental or special conditions of contract, or in Division 01, which is the general specifications section whose requirements apply to all other specific specification sections unless excluded.
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This article is excerpted from Contractor's Guide to Green Building Construction: Management, Project Delivery, Documentation, and Risk Reduction by Thomas E. Glavinich, copyright © 2008, with permission of the publisher, John Wiley & Sons.
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