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My name is Brian L. Hill and I am the editor of AEC Quality Magazine and CEO of BLHill Inc., a consulting firm that helps 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.

Net Positive is the new black – but what is the return on investment?

Ralph DiNola works for the nonprofit New Buildings Institute “working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings.” He recently presented at a conference focused on Net Positive Energy + Water in San Fransisco. During the conference, one of the major themes was cost and value associated with such high performing buildings.…

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Should Construction Lawyers Wish for Litigation?

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 the fine print of construction contracts, and a real passion for assisting contractors faced with legal risks.…

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Details on Trex® Mold and Color Fading/Variation Class Action Settlement

Long-time friend of AEC Quality Magazine, Bill Leys (whom I interviewed several years ago) recently posted some details on a class action lawsuit involving the popular Trex decking materials. The lawsuit has settled and a variety of resources have been posted in a press release from the company:

WINCHESTER, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Trex Company, Inc.…

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From the Archives: Interview with Bill Leys (@Deck_Expert) of Central Coast Waterproofing

This interview was conducted back in July of 2011. Unfortunately, during one of several migrations of web hosts, the article disappeared from the archives. Bill Leys is, in my opinion, one of the good guys. He is a true artisan and craftsman, in every sense, but he is also a business leader, an expert witness, speaker, and regularly engages in various social networks.…

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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 and slideshow you see over the next several months.…

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What are the trends that will impact high performance residential construction in the US in 2014?

Hammer and Hand is a Portland, Oregon-based contractor specializing in high performance residential construction. Sam Hagerman, Skylar Swinford and Dan Whitmore, three of the green building experts at Hammer and Hand, put together their predictions for high performance residential construction in 2014.…

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California Title 24 effective date pushed back, new energy reporting requirements for commercial real estate now in effect

At a recent meeting with some of my co-conspirators at the San Diego Green Building Council, I was informed of some important legal updates that I want to pass on for professionals working in California. Both involve energy efficiency initiatives. [Ed.]

2013 Title 24 Effective July 1, 2014

According to the California Energy Commission’s website, the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 1, Chapter 10 and Part 6, and affected provisions in Part 11 [Cal.…

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What is the value of independent third-party owner representation?

My father, Steve Hill, has been working in the construction industry for over 40 years. Some of my earliest memories as a child involve sitting in his lap on a Ditch Witch digging trenches for foundations, or the sweet intoxicating smell of lacquer (might explain a lot about me…) wafting in from our garage temporarily serving as a custom cabinet-shop during one of his famous one-week kitchen remodel jobs.…

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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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