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California closes Condo Balcony Inspection gap with SB 326

When we first reported on SB 721, California’s balcony bill requiring inspection of Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs), the draft included condos and other “common interest development” buildings. That provision was removed, however, in an amendment before it was ...

Topics: California, Law, Balcony

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Engineering Expert Witnesses in California: Finding the Right One

Experienced attorneys usually have go-to sources for construction and engineering experts. However, cases in construction litigation can be curve-balls, where the expertise required is different from initial expectations or the issues are complex and need deep ...

Topics: Civil Engineering, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Construction Claims, Construction Legal Issues, Engineering, Construction Defect Claims

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From Our Case Files: Sub-Contractor Claim Resolution

Subject: Sub-Contractor Claim Resolution
Client: Randy Finch and Andrea Petray, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP, San Diego, CA
Expert: Ted Bumgardner

Topics: Surety Claims, Construction Delay Claims, Ted Bumgardner, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Construction Claims, From Our Case Files

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The Future of Golf: A Golden Opportunity to Increase the Housing Supply

Over the past decade, more than 1,000 golf courses have closed across the country. In all honesty, many of them should never have been built. They were built solely to facilitate the marketing of new homes or new hotels, but never made economic sense. Between 2002 ...

Topics: Economics, Real Estate Development, CM/Development Services, Market Research, real estate advisory

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Right Materials Vital to Ensuring Building Longevity

In this industry, we know quite well that Mother Nature can be tough on buildings, even in generally temperate regions like California. The main purpose of any built structure is to shelter us from the harshest of conditions, to act as a shield against cold, heat, ...

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Architecture, Construction Forensics, Publications, Water Intrusion Investigation, Damage Assessments, Building Materials

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A Tale of Two Balcony Inspection Laws

Over the past couple of years, we’ve written extensively about how the proper inspection of balconies, decks and other exterior elevated elements (EEEs), can prevent unnecessary risks to the life-safety and health of building occupants. As you may know, ...

Topics: Construction Safety, California, Construction Legal Issues, Law, Balcony

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Celebrating 10 Years of Xpera

You could say it was the party of the decade (for Xpera)!

Topics: Events, News

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Xpera Team Expands Across Multiple Specialty Groups

Once again, the Xpera Group team is expanding to serve the needs of clients in our various specialty groups.

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Construction Forensics, News, San Diego, Los Angeles, Quality Assurance

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Tragic Trifecta: Smart Home Risks, Natural Disasters and Dwindling Insurance Coverage

2019 marked the 26th anniversary of West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar
(WCCCDS), which took place in May at the Disneyland Hotel. As we have done every year
since our founding a decade ago, Xpera was a sponsor of the event and many of our key ...

Topics: Defects Analysis, West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar, Construction Claims, Construction Defect, Construction Defect Claims

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PCBC 2019 Highlights

This spring, the Xpera team was pleased to join many of our clients, colleagues and friends at the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Topics: Events, Production Homebuilder, PCBC, Trends

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