Goldberg & Connolly’s Erik Ortmann Moderates Panel Discussion at CFMA/USGBC Breakfast Program "Process and Best Practices in Green Building"

Goldberg & Connolly is pleased to announce that PartnerErik A. Ortmann moderated a panel discussion co-hosted by the Long Island Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and the Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)entitled, "Processes and Best Practices in Green Building." The discussion took place on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY.

Erik A. Ortmann, a LEED® Green Associate, is a Partner at Goldberg & Connolly and a member of the firm's Construction Law and Commercial Litigation Groups. He is on the board of the LI Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association and is actively involved in the law and legislation committee of the General Contractors Association.

The program was well-attended and featured speakers Rick Wiedersum, Partner at Wiedersum Associates Architects, Neil Rosen, Director of Sustainable Development at North Shore LIJ Health System, and Frank Piccirillo, Senior Project Manager at Axis Construction Corporation. The panelists, all LEED Accredited Professionals, discussed processes and best practices in green building from the perspective of the owner, the architect, and the contractor.

Highlights of the program included discussions offering advice on integrating LEED goals into a project's vision, coordinating between owners and properly accredited architects and contractors to effectively reach these goals, and then establishing a training and maintenance program to operate green systems after a project's completion. Panelists also addressed many of the practical aspects of implementing LEED goals, including an overview of LEED rating systems and the certification level point system, as well as insights into balancing the economic benefits in energy cost savings and public relations with the higher upfront costs associated with the different levels of LEED projects.