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The Site Report - Construction Law Insights - December 2017

Welcome to the first issue of our newly redesigned e-newsletter for the construction industry. The name and look of this publication may have changed, but one thing remains the same: our dedication to providing insightful,...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

First Electric Generation. Then Transportation. What About Buildings?

October 2, 2017, EnergyWire (subscription required) reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to cap fossil fuel use in buildings in New York City. (I haven’t seen the specific plan, but it is...more

California Attorney General Weighs In On Scope Of State Fire District Chiefs’ Authority To Enforce State Fire Marshal’s Building...

On Wednesday, July 26, the California Office of the Attorney General (Attorney General) issued an Opinion answering the question: Does Health and Safety Code section 13146 prohibit fire protection district chiefs from...more

Procurement update for UK construction companies

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Mark Bassett highlights the latest procurement news for construction businesses from the last few months. - Concession Contracts threshold: the Cabinet Office and the Crown Commercial Service have published Procurement...more

Scotland: The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings Regulations 2016 - Buildings on the market before 1...

by DLA Piper on

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 come into effect on 1 September 2016. From that date, owners of pre 2002 non-domestic buildings or "building units" in Scotland with a...more

“Shaking” Things Up: Seismic Risk Assessments

by Dechert LLP on

Returning to our theme that nothing’s easy and everything keeps changing, here is one out of left field. Let’s talk PML and seismic risk. ASTM International, the market standard setting organization for everything from toilet...more

Clean Up Green Up—Supplemental Use Districts—more regulation for three LA City Neighborhoods

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 4, 2016, the City of Los Angeles rolls out its much-discussed Clean Up Green Up (CUGU) pilot program for three communities: Boyle Heights, Wilmington and Pacoima. Ordinance 184246, approved by Mayor Garcetti on April...more

Guidance for building owners on the Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016

by DLA Piper on

The first batch of general and technical guidance notes on the Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 ("the Regulations") was published on 23 May and is now available on the Building...more

New regulations will oblige owners of buildings in Scotland to improve or report on energy efficiency of buildings

by DLA Piper on

Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 provides for regulations to be made for: (1) the assessment of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings and greenhouse gas emissions from such buildings;...more

Fishers Revises List of Permitted Building Materials for Commercial/Industrial Buildings

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The City of Fishers approved this week amendments to the City’s Unified Development Ordinance that added four new permitted exterior building materials to its list of permitted exterior materials for commercial and industrial...more

Letters of the Law: 'F' is for Fire Safety

by DLA Piper on

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Achieving fire safety standards is paramount for the successful completion of many construction and engineering projects but what approval is needed, how does it affect the...more

Amendments to the Home Building Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

by Allen Matkins on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Bilzin Sumberg on

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

Massachusetts High Court Expands Strict Liability for Building Code Violations

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

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