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
No, this is not a shameless plug to get people to vote for me, as I opted to not enter my blog in this year’s competition. With a binding arbitration fast approaching, I knew that I wouldn’t have enough time to post here regularly, so I decided to hold off. But in 2015, hopefully I’ll … Continue reading Make sure to cast your vote for Best Construction Blog at Construction Marketing Ideas
While we share a last name, to our knowledge Chris and I are not related. (In my case the name Hill is a result of assimilation.) But Chris and I do share a number of things in common – blogging on construction topics, remaining cautiously optimistic about green building risks, years of accumulated time reviewing … Continue reading Should Construction Lawyers Wish for Litigation?
After a period of introspection, I realized that the name AECforensics.com didn’t really tell the full story or capture my intent of creating and sharing content. The bigger purpose for me in both publishing content, as well as the primary motivator for doing forensic work, has always been improving quality in the built environment. The … Continue reading Special Announcement: AECforensics.com is now AEC Quality .com!
In 2010, the Royal Institute of British Architects think tank, Building Futures, published a report addressing some of the following questions: “…who will design our buildings in 2025; what roles will those trained in architecture be doing then and how will architectural practice have changed as a result?” In April of 2013, Steve Mouzon offered … Continue reading What is the Future of Architecture as a Profession?
In Chris Hill’s last article for AEC forensics Monthly, he wrote about how effective communication between contractors and their clients (and other parties) could go a long ways towards preventing legal disputes. In this article, he continues that thread, highlighting the importance of client education. The only thing that I would like to add, is … Continue reading Contractors Need to Educate