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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.

Now at Amazon: DIY Solar Power Kits (Wait, what?)

According to Dawn Killough at Green Building Elements, Andalay Solar is now offering DIY solar energy kits for sale on Amazon.

Andalay Solar offers grid-tied AC solar system kits either with 4 panels or with 1, making it quick and easy for go-getting DIYers to customize the size of their solar power system by simply purchasing then tying together the amount of kits necessary to fit their roofs.…

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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 claims.…

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Defects, Documents and Drones, Oh My! An Interview with Sean Kabo of Construction Defect Professionals, Inc.

Last year, we featured a profile on Construction Defect Professionals, Inc., a brand new expert witness firm led by my friend, Sean Kabo. A year later, I thought I would drop by Sean’s office to interview him and see what he’s been up to, get his take on the construction defect industry, and learn about some of the awesome new tools he has been using.…

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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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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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