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Amendments to the Home Building Act

The Home Building Amendment Act 2014 (NSW) (the Amending Act) will significantly change the Home Building Act 1989 (NSW) (Home Building Act) and comes into force in late 2014 and early in 2015....more

County of San Diego’s Adopted Climate Action Plan Violates CEQA: Fails to Include Enforceable GHG Reduction Measures

Sierra Club v. County of San Diego (10/29/14, D064243) - On October 29, 2014, the Fourth District California Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed the trial court’s decision in favor of Sierra Club, agreeing that the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - December 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: State court may tighten review process for building super-sized homes - SFGate.com - Dec 8: In a case that could redefine the scope of California’s environmental laws, the state Supreme...more

New OSHA Guidance – Roadmap to Complying with its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard

Although OSHA implemented its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC) back in 2010, it just now released its directive for how OSHA inspectors should enforce that rule. Multiple layers of...more

New DC Construction Codes Take Effect

Already on the forefront of green building innovation, the District of Columbia has adopted a new set of construction codes that, most notably, includes advanced energy and green construction regulations. On March 26, 2014,...more

Green Homes: A Hot Trend Among Homebuilders

Following the increase of green buildings in the commercial real estate sector, green homes have become a hot trend among homebuilders. According to the “Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market”...more

You Decide: Green Globes v. LEED

The U.S. General Services Administration recently added Green Globes as an additional third-party green building certification system for federal government construction projects. With this addition, many are now asking about...more

Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014

The Federal Government has published an 'advance release' of its new Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 (Code). The new Code will come into effect when the Building and...more

California Encourages Building Efficiency by Implementing Energy Benchmarking Legislation

After a series of delays, California has implemented new energy disclosure legislation requiring nonresidential building owners to disclose energy information to parties to transactions as well as to the California Energy...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

A SPAR Is Not A Vessel, But Is A SPAR A Building?

Are SPAR platforms immoveable buildings? On April 9, 2014, Judge Rebecca Doherty issued a memorandum ruling in Hefren v. Murphy Exploration & Production Co., USA, et al., that they are, meaning in Louisiana a five-year window...more

Cities Alive: The Future of Green Infrastructure

If you follow the construction industry you know that green is the new gold. As well as LEED bronze, silver and platinum. Green building, which not long ago conjured images of hippie architects and wealthy eccentrics,...more

California’s New Building Energy Efficiency Standards to Go Into Effect July 1, 2014

California builders should be aware of a new set of energy efficiency standards set to go into effect on July 1, 2014. The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) were promulgated in 1977 to...more

Green Law Corner: What LEED v4 Means for You

In late 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council released its latest version of LEED, Version 4. Most of you have certainly heard of LEED but you may not know what LEED really means. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and...more

Tower Lane Properties v. City of Los Angeles: JMBM Prevails in Published Court of Appeal Opinion Holding that a City's Erroneous...

JMBM has prevailed in the Court of Appeal on behalf of its client in a well-publicized and hotly-contested development project in the City of Los Angeles. The court's published opinion will come as welcome relief to property...more

LIFE-CYCLE: A legal guide to developing, investing in and managing buildings sustainably (Global)

Real estate is a major consumer of resources. Everyone needs a place to live and work and we use real estate for that purpose. Modern life means that energy and other resources will be consumed in the development and...more

CEQA-In-Reverse Case Opening Brief Filed In California Supreme Court

The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) laid out its case that CEQA contains no general directive requiring analysis of the existing environment’s impacts on a future project in a 50-page opening brief filed in...more

New Green Standards; Same Green Warnings for Architects & Engineers (law note)

The newest version of the LEED ratings system, LEED v4, has officially been released. For a comparison of the major changes between LEED 2009 and LEEDv4, check out this downloadable form from the USGBC....more

Philadelphia's Energy Benchmarking Deadline Will Be at Your Doorstep This Halloween

For owners of commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet or more in the city of Philadelphia, chances are the time has come to address the city's new energy and water use benchmarking law. Energy benchmarking refers to a...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

A New Planning System for NSW: How Proposed Changes to Planning Laws Will Impact the Building and Construction Industry

The White Paper: A New Planning System for NSW - The white paper (Paper) was released on Tuesday 16 April 2013 and included details on how the NSW new planning system would be implemented, while also responding to the...more

California Updates Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

After a short delay in implementation by the California Energy Commission, California’s new energy use disclosure requirements will commence on July 1, 2013, for all non-residential buildings with a total gross floor area...more

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 introduces a number of reforms designed to simplify and streamline existing planning procedures to provide greater clarity for owners and developers of listed buildings or...more

California Energy Commission Amends Nonresidential Building Energy Disclosure Regulations

The California Legislature adopted Section 25402.10 of the California Public Resources Code in 2007. The Code requires each nonresidential building owner throughout the state to document and disclose a building’s energy use...more

How Much Due Diligence Is Enough?

Do you really know who you are doing business with in your supply chain? How much due diligence is enough? Should you update your due diligence on a regular basis? How about on a continuous basis? What ethical considerations...more

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