UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

Housing shortages abound throughout the modern world, and in the UK, the situation is not much different than here in the US. Also not much different: substantial claims of defective construction due to cut corners in an effort to meet demand. In fact, the country’s National House Building Council, which provides 10-year warranties covering most newly constructed … Continue reading UK: Poor quality new homes don’t solve housing shortage

AECforensics.com is Back! (Be sure to check out the new Daily Edition…)

After almost exactly two years, AECforensics.com is back to dissecting the latest issues impacting quality and risk management in the built environment. And what’s more, there’s now a Daily Edition featuring the top curated news for professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

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Could self-healing bio-concrete reduce future construction defect claims?

As nerdy as it probably sounds, I can’t even begin to put into words how excited I am for products like this. Back in January of 2014, I wrote about the winners of the 2013 Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, including the inventors of self-healing bio-concrete. Cracked concrete is a frequent allegation in construction defect claims. Continue reading “Could self-healing bio-concrete reduce future construction defect claims?”

Hipsters passing the bar may lead to uptick in “artisanal lawyering”

So this is satire, just to be clear… John Frank Weaver, writing for the always hilarious McSweeney’s, offers a wonderfully hand-crafted glimpse into the imaginary life of an Artisanal Attorney. Weaver opens his piece with the question, “Are you tired of large corporate law firms making the same cookie cutter litigation?” (I know that I … Continue reading Hipsters passing the bar may lead to uptick in “artisanal lawyering”

Do energy efficient building practices result in better feedback loops and better workmanship?

My wife and I have been lucky to have three kids that (so far) haven’t ever played with fire, or knives, or consumed dangerous cleaning supplies, or anything like that. It didn’t take burning down the house, stitches, or stomach pumping to teach each of them the danger inherent with certain things—a quick touch to a hot oven provides instantaneous feedback.

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London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

The Leadenhall Building at 122 Leadenhall Street in London, also known affectionately as the Cheesegrater due to its unique shape, is 47-stories tall and is the UK’s 4th largest building. Featuring a cutting edge high-performance building envelope incorporating passive heating and cooling elements, 85% of its construction took place off-site, making it one of the largest and most complex prefabricated projects to date. Continue reading “London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation”

California: Workmanship still not insured under standard Commercial General Liability policies

Tamara Boeck, writing for the Stoel Rives blog, Ahead of Schedule, has written an excellent analysis on a very important appellate decision in the state of California. The case: Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation (PDF) (May 16, 2014, No. BC464209) Cal.App.2d. [2014 WL 2643242] The facts of this dispute are not unfamiliar, … Continue reading California: Workmanship still not insured under standard Commercial General Liability policies

Make sure to stop by the Xpera Group Booth (N-5438) at PCBC 2014

My colleagues and I from Xpera Group will manning the booth at the 2014 PCBC show. The event takes place June 25th and 26th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and is billed as “The Art, Science + Business of Housing.” If you are attending this year’s conference, make sure to drop by the Xpera Group’s … Continue reading Make sure to stop by the Xpera Group Booth (N-5438) at PCBC 2014

The Next Wave of Condominiums, Litigating the Recession, and More!

I just got done posting my first news update for the Xpera Group website. The title: The Next Wave of Condominiums and Other Updates. The article contains a number of updates which I’d like to highlight here. The Next Wave of Condominiums Our resident Economist, Market Research Analyst and Forensic Expert, Alan Nevin wrote an … Continue reading The Next Wave of Condominiums, Litigating the Recession, and More!

Important Court Decisions Impacting Construction Claims in California – Part 1: Attorneys (WCCCDS 2014)

As promised, over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be publishing a series of articles gleaned from West Coast Casualty’s 2014 Construction Defect Seminar. This article focuses on one appellate decision that impacts attorneys and specifically, their relationship with expert witnesses. Presented by Thomas Halliwell, Esq. and Barry Vaughan, Esq. Somehow, in less than an … Continue reading Important Court Decisions Impacting Construction Claims in California – Part 1: Attorneys (WCCCDS 2014)