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My name is Brian L. Hill and I am the editor of AEC Quality Magazine. As a Quality & Sustainability Consultant and Director of Marketing at Xpera Group, I help buildings and businesses achieve more from less.

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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.

Gary Vaynerchuk’s keynote talk on the future of A/E/C business development at PCBC 2014

I’m a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk and have been following his work for the better part of a decade. If you’re like most people, you might be thinking to yourself, “Who is Gary Vaynerchuk?” The short version: Gary took his family’s liquor store from $3M per year to over $60M per year by leveraging social media to establish himself as a leading expert in his field.…

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Five Building Industry Organizations Join Forces To Establish A Single Green Standard

Finally, after years of confusing and often conflicting standards for the design and construction of sustainable and high performance buildings, it seems we will eventually have “one standard to rule them all.” In an unprecedented move, the five leading developers of building standards have reached an agreement to collaborate on a single standard, divided into three parts.…

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Alan Nevin on San Diego builder’s move from for-sale to rentals in Carmel Valley

One of my great pleasures working for Xpera Group is being surrounded by some amazing industry thought leaders. Economist and real estate guru Alan Nevin is one of those individuals that constantly inspires as well as informs. A regular fixture in the media, Alan was asked for his take on a somewhat unorthodox move by a local builder.…

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“Smart Bricks” are like Lego blocks for building real buildings better, faster and cheaper

Modular construction—using prefabricated building components to rapidly assemble complete structures—has garnered significant interest in the industry over the last decade or so.

An innovative startup out of the UK, Kite Brick Ltd, has come up with a downright playful approach to modular construction.…

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Pictures from the 2014 AGC San Diego Hot Summer Nights car show

On July 29th, the San Diego chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGCSD) held its annual “Hot Summer Nights” event. Featuring dozens of restored/modified classic cars owned by members of the organization, the event is a fun way to see some of the toys that AGCSD members are so passionate about.…

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Los Angeles finally working at resolving conflicts between city building code and zoning codes

Tim Logan via the LA Times:

Los Angeles passed a law last year requiring bicycle racks within 50 feet of the front door of many new buildings. But a problem surfaced immediately: The federal Americans With Disabilities Act requires handicapped parking spaces with an easy path to the door clear of things like bikes.…

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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 of the building.…

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California: Workmanship still not insured under standard Commercial General Liability policies

Tamara Boeck, writing for the Stoel Rives blog, Ahead of Schedule, has written an excellent analysis on a very important appellate decision in the state of California. The case: Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation (PDF) (May 16, 2014, No.…

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Make sure to stop by the Xpera Group Booth (N-5438) at PCBC 2014

My colleagues and I from Xpera Group will manning the booth at the 2014 PCBC show. The event takes place June 25th and 26th at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and is billed as “The Art, Science + Business of Housing.”

If you are attending this year’s conference, make sure to drop by the Xpera Group’s booth on the main exhibit floor.…

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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, a Quality & Sustainability Consultant and Director of Marketing at Xpera Group. (See Disclaimer)

We are always looking for quality content, so 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, a Quality & Sustainability Consultant and Director of Marketing at Xpera Group. (See Disclaimer)

We are always looking for quality content, so please consider writing for us.

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