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Permitted Development Rights in the UK?Change of Use from Office to Residential?the next chapter

Some recent changes have been made to the prior approval procedures for these permitted development rights, introduced by Eric Pickles in May last year, to permit the change of use of a building from Class B1(a) office to...more

Massachusetts High Court Expands Strict Liability for Building Code Violations

In an April 10, 2014, decision that expressly overruled its own 15-year old precedent, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has held that the owner of a building used as a place for a large number of people to gather will...more

Buyers Beware: Little Known Pittsburgh Building Code Ordinance Can Present Expensive Problems

Commercial property buyers, landlords and tenants should be aware that a little known City of Pittsburgh ordinance requires building owners to conduct periodic inspections of building façade exteriors in the City. Many...more

The Wood Eating Fungus “Poria” is in Southern California!

To Homeowners, Developers, Contractors, Architects, Engineers and Real Estate Professionals: If you are involved in the purchase, sale, management, construction or development of real property, you need to know about the...more

Reminder: 2013 California Building Code and 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Go Into Effect January 1, 2014

Not to be a nag, but just a reminder that in addition to all the new laws, new regulations will also go into effect in 2014....more

Are You Ready for Philadelphia's October 31, 2013 Building Benchmarking Deadline?

In 2012, the City of Philadelphia enacted Section 9-3402 of the Philadelphia Code. The new section requires annual reporting of energy usage, water usage, and other attributes for all buildings in the City with more than...more

Proposed Building Code Amendment is Harsh Reflection of Glaring Controversy

In what came as a complete surprise to many in the development industry, an otherwise low-profile City of Dallas board, the Building Inspection Advisory, Examining and Appeals Board, met on July 11 to recommend approval of a...more

PA Legislature Advised to Significantly Change Building Code Adoption Process, Move Away from ICC Model Codes

At the May 29, 2013 meeting of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council (the RAC), the RAC approved recommendations to the General Assembly that, if adopted, would significantly alter the process...more

Senator Charles McIlhinney Plans to Introduce Bill to Reform Pennsylvania’s Building Code Adoption Process

Pennsylvania State Senator Charles McIlhinney (R-10) circulated a memo on March 20, 2013 seeking co-sponsors on a bill to amend Pennsylvania’s Construction Code Act (PCCA). McIlhinney’s proposed bill is designed to address...more

Mind Your Administrative P's & Q's When Rejecting Energy Code Changes

The Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico handed down a limited win for energy code advocates, holding that adopting changes to building codes that removed energy conservation provisions without any justification...more

Proceed with Caution when Considering the Acquisition of a Busted Deal

Do not underestimate the importance of due diligence when evaluating the acquisition of a busted deal. In the world of land use and zoning, a busted deal is a planned real estate development that has failed, and the future of...more

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