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)

West Coast Casualty’s Construction Defect Seminar for 2014 (WCCCDS 2014): Overview

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

Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage

Previously: Seismic retrofits may be required for hundreds of apartment buildings in Los Angeles, Los Angeles: More than 1,000 concrete buildings at risk, nothing to be done, and Remembering Northridge: Thoughts on “Soft Story” Buildings The Puente Hills fault system runs east of downtown L.A., straddling the 10 freeway towards the Inland Empire region. While … Continue reading Earthquake involving Los Angeles’ Puente Hills fault could mean serious casualties and property damage

Steel-Fiber Reinforced Concrete coming to a jobsite near you, eventually…

Concrete has been one of mankind’s most important building materials for thousands of years. Previously, we discussed efforts to crack the code of ancient Rome’s high-performance concrete, a 60-year lifecycle assessment of concrete homes by MIT, efforts to lower the carbon dioxide output involved with concrete production, and bacterially-infused concrete that repairs itself. Science Daily … Continue reading Steel-Fiber Reinforced Concrete coming to a jobsite near you, eventually…

Criminal charges filed against Pacific Gas and Electric for role in San Bruno pipeline explosion

Around dinner-time on September 9, 2010, a massive natural gas pipeline explosion occurred in a neighborhood in San Bruno, CA. Fire quickly spread, overwhelming the local fire department, requiring reinforcements from nearby towns to fight the eight alarm fire. By the time the fire was under control, 108 homes were damaged, and 38 homes were … Continue reading Criminal charges filed against Pacific Gas and Electric for role in San Bruno pipeline explosion

What is an Environmental Product Declaration and how does it impact standard of care in the built environment?

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?

Repeat after me: Sustainable design and construction is no guarantee for quality

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

Stan Luhr on what Liberty Mutual v. Brookfield means for SB800 and construction defect litigation in California

I won’t lie. This is a can of worms, and a half. If you are even tangentially connected to the residential construction industry in California, this case will probably impact you. For those of us that are connected to the construction defect litigation community, expect to see this case featured in just about every conference … Continue reading Stan Luhr on what Liberty Mutual v. Brookfield means for SB800 and construction defect litigation in California

This just in: Chesapeake Bay Foundation lawsuit over defective “green” building will go forward

Last September, I shared an in-depth case study on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Phillip Merrill Center called, The LEED Platinum Case Study Nobody Wants You To Read. Summary: One of the world’s greenest buildings according to the USGBC was constructed with improperly sealed engineered wood components, leading to water intrusion that compromised the structural integrity … Continue reading This just in: Chesapeake Bay Foundation lawsuit over defective “green” building will go forward