Report: Natural disasters and smart home risks on the rise, insurance coverage on the decline

For 26 years, West Coast Casualty has been hosting the biggest (and best) gathering of professionals in the construction defect litigation industry. The 2019 seminar was held in May at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, and once again, my colleagues and I from Xpera Group were on hand as sponsors. As I've done many times … Continue reading Report: Natural disasters and smart home risks on the rise, insurance coverage on the decline

And we’re back… Time sure flies when you’re doing billable work!

If by any chance you've visited AECforensics.com lately, you might not have noticed anything new for a period of nearly a year and a half. It isn't that I didn't write anything or somehow gave up writing about the latest trends impacting quality and risk management in the built environment. In fact, I've written several … Continue reading And we’re back… Time sure flies when you’re doing billable work!

Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood

For a long time in our nation's history, buildings were primarily framed with and often clad with wood harvested from the trees found in once plentiful forests. Except for a brief renaissance during the Craftsman era, as the country prospered, building aesthetics moved away from exposed timber. But, as I noted in a recent article … Continue reading Another new building trend to watch: Tall Wood

Top 9 tech trends that will shape our built environment

Here's the introduction from an article I wrote for the Xpera blog on the 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.Many building industry professionals working today began their careers at a time when computers were … Continue reading Top 9 tech trends that will shape our built environment