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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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Standard of Care Analysis in Construction Claims

In construction litigation and construction claims one term gets brought up time and time again: standard of care. Standard of care analysis is often used when there’s a delay, the building(s) have construction defects or when a party alleges that someone breached ...

Topics: Standard of Care Claims, General Contractor Standards, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Construction Claims, Building Codes and Standards

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Client Spotlight: Pacific Coast Communities, Heritage Building & Development

Our Quality Assurance team is proud to have a long working history with many of our clients. In fact, it’s not unusual for these relationships to span 10 years, 15 years or longer. That is the case with two of our current homebuilder clients, ...

Topics: Quality Assurance, Building Codes and Standards, Client Spotlight, Code Compliance Review, Residential Construction

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From Our Case Files: Construction Expert Proves Critical in Criminal Defense Case

Subject: Stair/Balcony Construction Analysis

Client: Matthew J. Speredelozzi, Esq, San Diego, CA

Expert: Stephen Wilson, Xpera Building Envelope Group

Topics: Specialty Experts, Construction Forensics, Testifying Expert, Stephen Wilson, Building Codes and Standards, From Our Case Files, Construction Defect Claims

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Navigating Modern Sustainability Certifications for Green Buildings

If you were to peruse a list of building awards over the past 10 years, you’d see that a sizable portion of the projects hold LEED and/or other sustainability certifications. There’s no doubt that more businesses are deciding to invest in sustainability for their ...

Topics: Specialty Experts, Energy Management Systems, Green Building, Building Codes and Standards, US Green Building Council, Sustainability, LEED, Code Compliance Review

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The Hidden Dangers of Wood-Framed Cantilevered Balconies - Part 2

This is Part 2 of our three part series. You can read from the beginning here and the last article 

Topics: Ted Bumgardner, Apartments, California, Brian Hill, Building Codes and Standards, Balcony, Publications

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Balcony Regulation Changes At-a-Glance

This is a supplement of Part 2: Hidden Dangers of Wood-Framed Cantlilevered Balconies of our three Part Balcony Series. You can ...

Topics: Apartments, California, Building Codes and Standards, Balcony

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Condo Conversions: Protect Yourself with a Building Conditions Report

Over the last few years, we have seen a surge in apartment construction, ...

Topics: Real Estate Development, CM/Development Services, Construction Consultant, San Diego, Apartments, California, Condo Conversion, Condominiums, Building Codes and Standards, Law, Publications

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Five Building Industry Organizations Join Forces To Establish A Single Green Standard

Note: This article was orginally published in August, 2014 at AECforensics.com and is reprinted below with full permission.

Finally, after ...

Topics: *, Brian Hill, Green Building, xg, International Code Council (ICC), building science, USGBC, Construction, AIA, ASHRAE, Construction Legal Issues, IES, feature, Building Codes and Standards, redirect

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Looking Back on 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

President George H. Bush signed the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act into Federal Law 25 years ago in 1990. The legislation ensured the right of a physically or mentally disabled person [* see footnote] to gain access to ...

Topics: RE, CASp, Fay Lorraine Sueltz, disabled rights, Accessibility, Certified Access Specialist (CASp), Building Codes and Standards, ADA, Publications

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