Simply using green or other new and unfamiliar products in the same manner as traditional products could render a builder vulnerable to liability.
As Bob Dylan once sang, “The times they are a-changin’.” Specifically, the building products industry is in the midst of a time of great opportunity. Manufacturers are developing more sustainable and energy-efficient building products. The green building movement, driven in part by the United States Green Building Council and its LEED rating system, as well as public desire for a more sustainable way of life, has made great strides in the past decade. In response to consumer demand, many building products manufacturers have developed or are developing new products that converge with the requirements of the various green-building rating systems. In particular, many new products encourage better energy or water efficiency, incorporate more local sources, and/or generate less waste.