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Quality and Risk Management Best Practices

Quality & Risk
Management

Quality is Everyone's Responsibility! Learn the best practices for proactively managing quality and risk through every phase of the building lifecycle.

Building Science and Sustainability

Building Science
& Sustainability

The latest developments in building science, sustainable construction, green building, energy efficiency - with a focus on materials, methods, and best practices.

Construction Legal Issues

Construction
Legal Issues

News and insight from the world of construction law, forensics, construction defect litigation, insurance coverage, risk management, codes and standards.

Technology and Innovation

Technology &
Innovation

Technology and innovative business practices in the A/E/C, insurance and legal fields, as well as gear for experts, inspectors and other building performance professionals.

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.…

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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.…

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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 completely destroyed.…

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California’s SB800 Pre-litigation procedures enforced by Appeals Court

In California, claims of construction defects involving residential properties purchased after January 1, 2003 are subject to a law that is known as SB800, the “Right to Repair Act” or by any number of names. (Depending on who you talk to, some of the names may not be considered very polite…) The law is codified under the state’s Civil Code beginning in Section 896 under Title 7, Part 2.…

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Norman Foster on collaborating with Steve Jobs on the upcoming Apple Spaceship project

Architectural Record has a wonderful interview with the one and only Norman Foster on super-sized buildings. Since I’m currently reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, I was particularly interested in Jobs’ collaboration with Foster on the design of the forthcoming “Apple Spaceship” that will eventually provide a home to the company’s headquarters.…

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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 in LEED v4, and try to understand its impact on standard of care for the industry

What is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)?…

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Is Binding Arbitration always bad?

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 legal knowledge, experience, and funding to put up a proper defense — while harmed consumers often enter into the complicated process without legal representation.…

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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.…

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AEC Quality Magazine

Pursuing Quality in the Built Environment

AEC Quality Magazine explores the latest trends impacting quality and risk management in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. Edited/published by Brian L. Hill, CEO of BLHill Inc.

If you are an architect, engineer, contractor, consultant, expert, attorney or other professional in the construction industry, please consider writing for us.



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AEC Quality Magazine

Pursuing Quality in the Built Environment

AEC Quality Magazine explores the latest trends impacting quality and risk management in the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry. Edited/published by Brian L. Hill, CEO of BLHill Inc.

If you are an architect, engineer, contractor, consultant, expert, attorney or other professional in the construction industry, please consider writing for us.

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