Green, for lack of a better word, is good. But it doesn't comewithout a price or risk, according to Timothy Corbett, president ofPasadena-based SmartRisk. Speaking earlier this fall at AIA-LosAngeles' inaugural conference on public space and design, he saidthe green building boom has created increased challenges todesigners and engineers of those projects.

Corbett explained that clients of green projects have heightenedexpectations of the finished product. But sometimes what theyenvisioned doesn't measure up to what they see, leading to claimsfiled against the project's engineer or architect.

Corbett said the claims carry a broad range of complaints. Inone case, the client cited a US Green Building Council (USGBC)study that promised healthier and more productive employees in agold-certified building. "The tenant demanded a rent rebate and theowner sued the design firm for negligence for believing it would bea non-sick building," Corbett said.

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