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Green Contracting: Federal and State methods for Green Building

Session Type: Management
Track Number: M-11; M-16
Location: WSCTC
Speaker: Allen Estes, Jim Nagle and Craig Rusk , OLES

Date: Monday, September 14, 2009
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Date: Monday, September 14, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM


This course will provide an overview of federal and state practices utilized for green building.  We will discuss Executive Order 13123 which requires federal agencies to make use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) to reduce energy use and cost in the agencies’ facilities and operations.  We will also discuss specific contract clauses in federal supply and construction contracts which require contractors to certify that the components incorporated into the final product or building are listed in the Energy Star program or Federal Energy Management Program.  We will also discuss the use of recycled materials in federal projects. Finally, we will provide an overview of state “green building” laws in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada that promote or require green building practices.

Speaker Bio:

Craig Rusk, The Law Firm of Oles Morrison Rinker Baker, LLC. Craig is one of the firm's co-managing partners. His practice focuses on representation of clients involved in complex commercial enterprises, primarily construction and government procurement. He represents clients in all phases of their projects, from contract negotiation to dispute resolution. Craig's clients include general contractors, specialty subcontractors and international engineering firms. He has represented clients in transactions with public agencies as well as numerous federal agencies and private groups. Craig frequently appears in state and federal courts, and represents clients in arbitration and mediation.

Allen Estes, The Law Firm of Oles Morrison Rinker Baker, LLC. Allen has represented Subcontractors and General Contractors on projects involving numerous construction issues and disciplines. Allen served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Franklin D. Burgess, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington. Allen represents General Contractors and Subcontractors in construction litigation and transactional matters including, but not limited to, bonding and contractor registration, licensing issues, general payment disputes, lien rights, claims, terminations, contract changes and extra contractual work, claim preservation and presentation, and breach of contract issues on public and private construction projects in California and Washington.

James Nagle,
The Law Firm of Oles Morrison Rinker Baker, LLC. Jim's practice focuses on government contracts. He has extensive experience including working with supply, services, international, major systems, and construction contracts. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, architects, engineers and all parties in the contracting process. His local and national reputation is such that both the government and contractors have used him as a consultant, expert witness or arbitrator/mediator. Prior to joining the firm, he served as chief of the Logistics and Contract Law Branch of the Department of the Army staff. He also served as a trial team chief in the Army's Contract Appeals Division.

Please note that every state handles licensure and continuing education credits differently. To avoid confusion, NECA strongly recommends you check with your state authority whether they will grant these CEUs for management education programs held at NECA 2009 Seattle.

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