Colleague, friend, and leading economist, Alan Nevin, wrote a fascinating article for the San Diego Daily Transcript on the relationship between apartment construction costs and rental rates. The analysis shows the difference in the costs of developing three different types of apartment projects in San Diego County. The three types are a three-story garden walk-up, … Continue reading Alan Nevin: The Rents Need to Justify Apartment Construction Costs
Another year, another conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA with about 1,500 of my colleagues who work in the construction defect litigation industry. Once again, Dave and Coral Stern put on an outstanding event that was jam-packed with information on how construction claims are being handled, as well as new approaches to resolving … Continue reading West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar for 2014 (WCCCDS 2014): Overview
As many people know, LEED v4 took a lot longer to be finalized than originally anticipated—largely due to political struggles involving key stakeholders and certain large enterprises. As many of my friends and colleagues know, I despise politics. Therefore, rather than get into all the muck, let's dig into one of the more controversial subjects … Continue reading What is an Environmental Product Declaration and how does it impact standard of care in the built environment?
The Consumerist's Chris Morran has a post up about why they believe consumers should always opt out of what they call "forced arbitration" clauses. Here is one of the reasons they give: Companies want you to arbitrate because the system has been shown to be heavily unbalanced in favor of businesses — who have the … Continue reading Is Binding Arbitration always bad?
I am an outsider. Among construction defect and quality management professionals, my involvement with green building makes me stick out like a sore thumb. Among green building professionals, advocates and activists, my responses to claims that green buildings are better quality leads to some very awkward moments. Without adopting more sustainable practices, existing design and … Continue reading Repeat after me: Sustainable design and construction is no guarantee for quality