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Smart Buildings - not all just bricks and mortar

by DLA Piper on

Imagine a day where any part of a building can report its own state of health, when a machine can tell you if its feeling unwell and 'needs a service', when you can track and prevent, before it happens, a water or gas leakage...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - How green infrastructure manages stormwater, enhances property values - Urban Land - May 3 - The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 21st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 21, 2017 is below. This week’s update contains a variety of stories, including a copy of the now much-publicized New York Times article detailing AH&LA’s...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Closing the gap - Commercial Property Executive - Apr 20 - Green building continues its frenetic pace globally, and the numbers are staggering. Each day, 2.2 million square feet...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

LIDAR Data to the Rescue

by Cozen O'Connor on

Often in litigation, especially in flood claims, determining the vertical elevation of a land or water based structure or object is important. In a recent flood case, the elevation of the top of an earthen embankment and...more

Renewable Energy Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California solar spike leads to negative CAISO real-time prices in March - Utility Dive - Apr 10 - Solar capacity on the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) system spiked last...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

Court dodges "Drone Slayer"

by DLA Piper on

A recent decision in the infamous "Drone Slayer" case answers some questions relating to the role federal courts will play as individuals seek to vindicate their property and privacy rights against UAS operators. But at the...more

Revolution or Evolution – Protect & Survive

by Hogan Lovells on

The annual Hogan Lovells CBRE Hotel Conference 2017 - The threat from terrorism will continue well into the next decade and every country and major organisation needs a counter-terrorism plan. This was the message from...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Developers find benefits to building sustainable - Bisnow - Feb 15 - Boston Properties vice president of engineering Danny Murtagh said the biggest trends in sustainable...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Why build green? Lowered operational costs, increased staff productivity, and higher asset values - Environmental Leader - Feb 2 - Green building continues to play a...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - California ranks fifth in the nation for LEED certifications in 2016 - Construction & Demolition Recycling - Jan 25 - The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its...more

How to Get the Best Price for Your Cell Tower Lease

by Varnum LLP on

Property owners with cell towers on their buildings or land are routinely approached to sell their cell lease and future leasing rights, which typically sell in the range of 15 to 20 times annual revenues, sometimes...more

CalEnviroScreen 3.0 – Still the Wrong Tool for CEQA Review

On January 9, 2017, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an “Update to the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool,”...more

Hacktastrophe: How cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure could lead to catastrophic property loss

by Zelle LLP on

Although cyber-attacks have traditionally implicated more liability-leaning coverages, several attacks in recent years should give property insurers cause for concern going into the future. Hackers have proven they can seize...more

Blockchain: The Impact on the Real Estate Industry

By changing the way that information is digitally stored and exchanged, blockchain technology will alter the way real estate is recorded, transferred, financed and managed globally. Bitcoin, the popular virtual...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

Technology Law Newsletter

by Buchalter on

As this election year draws to a close, forecasting the future is a topic of discussion, not only in political circles, but in technology circles as well. To chart the best way forward, it is important to understand...more

Blockchain – The Future of Real Estate?

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Bitcoin and blockchain technology have been gaining publicity in recent years, and although they are primarily known for their use as a digital payment system, there are also promising uses in many areas where trust, cost and...more

Droning Along: What Commercial Real Estate Property Owners Should Consider in the Drone Age

Drone use in the real estate industry has exploded in recent months. The utility of drones in sales, marketing, construction, surveying, and inspection of real property is undeniable. There is vast potential for commercial...more

Washington Insight - September 2016

by King & Spalding on

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank - On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010...more

Sleep with an Eye Open: The New Age of Hotel Privacy Intrusion

A hotel is a personal place, even if you share it with thousands of other people. The very obscurity in a crowd can make you feel anonymous, and the private living space allows for the most private of conversations and...more

(US) Driverless Cars Mean Endless Possibilities for Real Estate

by Reed Smith on

Companies like Uber, Tesla, and Google are racing to bring driverless cars to the public. Uber is utilizing its experience as a service provider and its knowledge of demand patterns and customer behavior to compete with...more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

by Goodwin on

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

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