As demand for "green" buildings rises, so do demands that contractors, engineers and architects guarantee their work. However, it's tough to guarantee performance or sustainability once the project is over and you no longer have any control, and there are no insurance companies that insure guarantees. This piece offers some ways to compromise, but in the end, "parties should be careful about what they promise if they're not 100% sure they can deliver," says Ryan Manies, an attorney and architect with Polsinelli Shughart.

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