33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

California will require that all residential housing comply with zero net energy requirements beginning in 2020. My own personal conversations with many of the builders in Southern California points to a real reluctance — if not outright denial, in some cases — about meeting those goals. Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, reports that across North … Continue reading 33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year

Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?

Financial Times’ Matthew Klein has proposed an interesting alternative theory about the skilled labor shortage in the US that has impacted all sectors of the construction industry, but especially the residential market. He posits that by looking at homebuilding data in Japan, the implication is that the US isn’t facing a labor shortage so much … Continue reading Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?

The Value of Human Capital in the increasingly technology-dependent legal industry

The more things change, in some way, the more things seem to stay the same. One of the constants in my ongoing education as a marketer in the legal industry is the sage advice of Ed Poll’s LawBizBlog.

A recent post of Ed’s tackles the perennial subject of technology’s impact on labor markets. Specifically, as a legal professional, he focuses on the impact of technology on the legal profession combined with the economic climate of the most recent recession. Continue reading “The Value of Human Capital in the increasingly technology-dependent legal industry”

Lessons learned from the Navy SEALs on what “resilience” really means for the built environment

A short while back, I had a chance to meet an extraordinary young man named Brandon Andrews. As he was transitioning out of the Navy SEALs, he launched a new company called Trident CM LLC, with the brilliant idea to recruit former SEALs to provide construction quality management on DOD projects.

In the built environment, from the Northridge earthquake, to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and other disasters, resilience has become an imperative. But what does that even mean? Continue reading “Lessons learned from the Navy SEALs on what “resilience” really means for the built environment”

Next up in Commercial Real Estate Development: The Moon!

They say, “the sky’s the limit,” but perhaps not for long when it comes to commercial real estate development. The valuation of real estate is based on a simple principle: there is only so much land on the surface of our planet. What if we could open up a little more land for development, even if it isn’t the most convenient?

In response to a number of startup firms eyeing the possibility of commercial real estate development on the surface of the moon, the US Federal Aviation Administration has taken an interesting step to ensure “that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.” Continue reading “Next up in Commercial Real Estate Development: The Moon!”

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)

Non-Residential Construction Outlook: The Industry Needs More Innovation and Better Quality

Duane Craig, writing for his own Construction Informer, brings some nice insight to FMI’s quarterly non-residential report for the second quarter of 2014. While the report indicates a slight increase in optimism among construction company executives, not all seems so rosy. Craig writes: Lack of innovation, according to the report’s authors, is troubling, given respondents … Continue reading Non-Residential Construction Outlook: The Industry Needs More Innovation and Better Quality

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