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SB721 vs. SB326: Inspection and Statistical Sampling Methods for Multifamily Balconies and EEEs

I was recently asked to participate in a panel discussion on the topic of California’s SB 721 and SB 326 as part of a rare joint event.

Topics: California, Brian Hill, Building Codes and Standards, Balcony, Multifamily, Publications, Code Compliance Review, Residential Construction

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The Art & Science of Storytelling: What Sets Effective Expert Witnesses Apart

“The storyteller makes no choice
Soon you will not hear his voice
His job is to shed light
And not to master
Since the end is never told
We pay the teller off in gold
In hopes he will come ...

Topics: Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Brian Hill, Construction Claims, Publications

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WYSIWYG: Understanding SB721 & SB326 EEE Compliance

In multi-family residential buildings, Exterior Elevated Elements (EEEs), such as balcony decks, upper landings or walkways, must be evaluated as part of compliance under recently passed California laws,

Topics: CM/Development Services, Apartments, Condominiums, Brian Hill, Balcony, Publications, Construction Defect Claims

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How California Rent Control Impacts Asset Management

Passed in September 2019 and taking effect this month, California Assembly Bill 1482 puts a cap on rental increases for apartments. For tenants’ rights and affordable housing advocates, this is seen as a major win. For apartment owners and ...

Topics: CM/Development Services, Property Owner/Manager, Apartments, Rental Property, California, Brian Hill, Law, Scott Riffenburgh, Multifamily, Publications, Real Estate Portfolio Analysis, Real Estate Asset Management

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The ABCs of eDiscovery

Strategies for achieving better outcomes and saving costs in high-stakes legal disputes

Topics: Computer Forensics, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Brian Hill, Construction Claims, Construction Legal Issues

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SB721 Balcony Bill Is Law: Now What?

As many of you are aware, California Senate Bill 721 is an issue we have been following closely here at Xpera for the last couple of years. Signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last September and made effective January 1, 2019,

Topics: Construction Safety, California, Brian Hill, Law, Balcony, Steve Grimes

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Tall Wood: The New Steel and Concrete

Next generation of high-rise buildings might use advanced engineered wood for structural integrity and sustainability, but what are the risks?

Topics: Architecture, Brian Hill, Building Codes and Standards, US Green Building Council, Sustainability, Scott Riffenburgh, Publications, Commercial Construction, Building Materials

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9 Building Industry Innovations to Watch

When people think about design, construction and real estate, “innovative” and “forward-thinking” probably aren’t the first words that come to mind.

Topics: Construction Safety, Construction Management, Risk Management, Brian Hill, Quality Assurance, building science, Construction, Innovation and Technology, Trends, insurance, Commercial Construction, Residential Construction

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Effective Use of Experts: Construction Defect Litigation Leaders Weigh in

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of West Coast Casualty’s annual Construction Defect Seminar. Prior to its acquisition by Xpera, Roel Consulting Group was a founding sponsor of this leading educational event and Xpera has proudly continued to support WCC ever ...

Topics: Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, West Coast Casualty's Construction Defect Seminar, Brian Hill, Construction Claims

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California Balcony Bill Moving Forward Despite Opposition

California Senate Bill 721, which would mandate the inspection of elevated exterior elements (EEEs) for all multi-family projects with at least three units, is moving forward.

Topics: California, Brian Hill, Construction Legal Issues, Law, Balcony

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