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Examples of 2014 DOE Grants, Loan and Financing Programs – Part 2 of 3

In last week’s post, we highlighted a number of available DOE grants for incubators. Today, we will be highlighting grants for research on geothermal systems and building technologies....more

Beyond Real Estate: Publicly Traded Homebuilders (And Other Public Companies) Must be Aware of Cybersecurity and Data Breach...

Generally speaking, publicly traded homebuilders and other public companies must disclose material information in their SEC filings. “Information is considered material if there is a substantial likelihood that a reasonable...more

Sweeping Overhaul of Federal Energy Tax Credits Is Unveiled

This week, Senator Max Baucus, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who has been developing a comprehensive overhaul and simplification of the federal income tax, introduced a bill that would scrap 42...more

Construction Law Insight: Minnesota Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Contractors In Government Data Practices Act Case

On November 20, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Helmberger v. Johnson Controls, Inc. The Court ruled in favor of Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) and its subcontractor,...more

Ahead of the LEED

Site-based sustainable design can speed official approval - The effort to create sustainable buildings has long centered on technical certifications, such as LEED. But now, some companies are taking more of a...more

Recent Healthcare Data Breaches Highlight Need for More Security

Scott & Scott, LLP says health care data breaches reported in 2013 highlight the need for more diligence and vigilance to combat the growing problem. With fines increasing as a result of HIPAA new omnibus rule that took...more

What Litigators Can Learn From Some of the Coolest Graphics in Construction

The ability to make powerful, high-quality trial graphics was extremely limited by the software available in the early 1990s. I was reminded of how far we’ve come in the area of visualization and modeling when I recently had...more

How to Effectively Use Surveillance Video in Tort Cases

One of the things that has changed the most since I started practicing law two decades ago is the prevalence of surveillance video in tort cases. Given its influence on litigation, it’s important for both plaintiffs and...more

The Tale of Two Banks: Final Settlement in Maine Bank Security Practices Case and a Failure of Bank Security Procedures in Florida

In a case that we have written about, People’s United Bank of Maine has agreed to pay about $ 390,000 to settle a claim that its security practices allowed unauthorized persons to withdraw funds from a construction company’s...more

Using Technology to Resolve Construction Disputes; Demonstrative Aids

It is virtually impossible to adequately explain a complex construction case without demonstrative aids. Demonstrative evidence has been used by litigants in mediations, arbitrations and trials for years. However, recent...more

Does Energy Efficient Technology Make Buildings More Energy Efficient? The Answer May Not Be So Obvious

ClimateWire had a fascinating story on Monday about federal efforts to increase the energy efficiency of buildings, which are estimated to consume about 40% of our nation’s energy. The story concerns the less...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 20, 2012

Table of Contents: •Golan v. Holder U.S. Supreme Court affirms decision of Tenth Circuit holding that federal law restoring copyright protection to foreign works previously in the public domain does not violate...more

dasHaus Coming to Tempe this Saturday

The dasHaus Tour, an exhibit of advanced technologies for building construction and solar energy use, will be in Tempe from Jan. 21-30 as the third stop on its North American tour. "Das haus" means "the house" in German and...more

Construction Law Update: There's an App for That!

Applications are used in all industries - the construction industry is no exception. With tablets and smart phones readily available, and with their increased use on job sites, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) has jumped...more

New System to Prevent Construction Site Trench & Soil Collapses

Geotechnical engineers at Loughborough University in England are working on a new way to prevent catastrophic soil collapses on construction sites as well as landslides that occur naturally but without warning. The sound...more

Fixed-Price Development Contracting: When Politics Trump Basic Contracting Principles

Veterans of Government contracting know that despite a myriad of technological advances and the increasing oversight of defense contractors, basic rules of thumb continue to underlie successful contract performance. Failure...more

Green Building Update - August 9, 2010

In This Issue: *Ten Million Solar Roofs bill moves ahead *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..Report: U.S. retrofits could save $41B yearly *California receives $22M in grants for clean tech *Indianapolis unveils green building...more

Green Building Update - January 21, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE: *California's green building code -- mandatory 01/01/11 *Green Building Focus ..Green Building Survey ..Commercial green buildings to reach 50% of market by 2015 *VERDEXCHANGE Conference 2010 *Is...more

EPA Publishes New Rule to Reduce Stormwater Pollution From Construction Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a final rule to reduce stormwater pollution from construction sites (“Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point...more

Green Building Update - September 4, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *California Lawmakers Pass Bill to Curb Sprawl *GREEN BUILDING FOCUS ..Studies show contractors may overestimate green costs *Green consultants become mainstays in LEED certification *Website lists all...more

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