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Let it Shine: California Mandates Rooftop Solar for New Residential Construction

California. Birthplace of the Frisbee, skateboard, television, canned tuna and (yup) fortune cookies has added another first to the list: California has become the first state in the nation to mandate the use of solar panels...more

California Energy Commission Unanimously Approves Solar Panel Mandate for Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Energy Commission voted unanimously on May 9, 2018, to require solar panels on all new single-family homes and apartment buildings that are three stories or less starting in 2020. • The new regulations...more

Administration Gives Northern Pass a Second Chance for Energy Procurement

After releasing a request for proposals in March 2017 seeking long-term contracts for clean energy projects, on January 25 the Baker-Polito administration selected the Northern Pass Hydro (Northern Pass) project to move...more

Action Required: Deadline Approaches for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial and Multifamily...

by Allen Matkins on

Owners and operators of commercial and multifamily properties in California built and available for use or occupancy on or prior to January 1, 1994, should be aware that the deadline for compliance with California Civil Code...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes - GreenBiz - Feb 7 Companies that are serious about reaching aggressive emission-reduction targets are increasingly turning to green bonds,...more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

by Field Law on

Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): Will Gruber (Pulaski County) Brownfield Presentation

Harbor Environmental and Pulaski County, Arkansas jointly sponsored a November 15th seminar held in North Little Rock, Arkansas addressing a variety of Arkansas Brownfield issues...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

California SB 71 Could Give New Meaning—and New Construction Costs—to the Word “Sunroof”

For builders working in California—already one of the most expensive states for new construction—a new bill winding its way through the legislature could add yet more costs. For this reason, Senate Bill 71 (SB 71) should be...more

California Adopts Measures Targeting Multifamily Residential Buildings for Water Conservation

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In an effort to encourage water conservation throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill into law that will require the owner of any multi-unit residential development constructed after Jan. 1, 2018 to...more

New California Law Amends Water Supply Planning Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Water Supply Sufficiency Analyses Must Consider Groundwater Sustainability - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1262 into law, representing an initial attempt to incorporate groundwater management requirements under...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

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Federal - Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Two Updated Chapters in the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual - EPA is making two finalized chapters of the EPA Air Pollution Control...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: May 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

San Francisco Requires Solar Panel Installation on New Buildings - Last month, the City of San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring all new buildings to include solar energy systems. California law currently requires...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: April 2016

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Residential Communities: Calderon Process for HOAs Likely to Be Extended Again - The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary in early April unanimously passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1963 to extend the pre-litigation...more

Emerging Trends in Tax Credit Finance: Expansion of Renewable, Development, Housing Programs

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On December 18, 2015, the landscape improved for individuals and businesses looking to invest in affordable housing, economic development and renewable energy projects. Congress passed and the President signed into law the...more

MPSC Approved Wolverine Pipe Line Project in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

by Clark Hill PLC on

Wolverine Pipe Line Company received the administrative approval that is a prerequisite to it acquiring necessary property rights and constructing its project. On June 17, 2015, Wolverine Pipe Line Company filed anApplication...more

Massachusetts State Building Code Update: 9th Edition Now Anticipated to be Issued with Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The following is a January, 2016 updated version of the G&S Advisory originally published in October, 2015 - The Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (the “State Board”) has announced that it...more

The Historic Drought Has Killed Your Lawn, Will It Do The Same To The Construction Industry?

After three years of a historic drought, Californians are now subject to mandatory water rationing, bans on washing cars, and water “only on request” at restaurants. In 2015, California saw a number of new laws, regulations...more

Massachusetts State Building Code Update: 9th Edition Anticipated to be Issued without Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (the “State Board”) has announced that it expects to issue the 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code in the first half of 2016, which will...more

N.C. Court of Appeals Denies Bid to Return Water/Sewer "Impact Fees"

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Impact fees are defined, generally, as a charge on new development to pay for the construction or expansion of off-site capital improvements that are necessitated by and/or benefit the new development. Impact fees have been...more

Construction Law Update - May 2015

by Barley Snyder on

Today’s newspapers in the central Pennsylvania area have been fraught with concerns and questions regarding the construction of the William’s gas pipeline running from the Marcellus Shale areas of Pennsylvania to the east...more

California Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument Over City’s Inclusionary Housing Set-Aside

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On April 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose (Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County et al.), S212072, a case with statewide...more

New Mandate: If you like your water heater you can keep it; but replacing it will be expensive.

Effective April 16, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (“NAECA”). The new requirements call for higher...more

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

by Reed Smith on

Are you a developer or landlord of commercial or residential multi-let premises? Are those premises supplied with heat by either a communal heating system or a district heating system?...more

Land Subsidence Damage Caused by Groundwater Withdrawals in Arizona: Who Pays?

Land subsidence is a problem that affects many areas of the world, with well-publicized case studies in Mexico City, Tokyo, and certain areas within California and Arizona. ...more

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