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

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Auld & White Constructors, 4168 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216


  • This monthly Best of GreenBuild webcast series is available to members for free. It enables members to get their LEED AP CEU's by attending each webcast.
  • Reach 40-50 people with this important opportunity
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Best of GreenBuild Webcast Series - Understanding the Legal Landscape of Transparency for Designers

If you missed 2014 GreenBuild, now is your chance to see some of the top-notch sessions that were recorded.

Our industry is in the early stages of a transformational discussion of materials and human health. Consistent with the now established 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, “Increased Transparency, Increased Liability?” Core contributors from the original webinar will reconvene 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
  • Articulate legal issues that have arisen in the first year of transparency as a strategy in LEED v4
  • Distinguish between the legal exposure of being aware of the contents of Material Safety Data Sheets and Health Product Declarations.
  • Make their own judgment of the risks of requesting material ingredients for building products.
  • Understand how leading legal counsels are advising their firms to manage the new transparency data.

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

This session is approved for 1 hour of LEED Specific 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 Option

Available via registration for webcast


  • FREE -- USGBC North FL and all other USGBC Florida Chapter Members
  • $25 -- Non-USGBC North FL and Florida Chapter Members

Please RSVP online by 5:00 PM the day before the webcast.  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 contact Eric Hickox, LEED AP BD+C with any questions BEFORE the webcast at  For technical questions or questions DURING the webcast, email or text Sarah Boren at or 904-535-0055.

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

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