NONRESIDENTIAL HVAC STAKEHOLDER MEETING NEXT WEEK

Posted: March 24, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The second set of Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder Meetings to discuss the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 nonresidential HVAC topics will be held on March 29, 2017 as online webinars. These meetings are part of the stakeholder outreach process undertaken by the Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Team in support of the development of California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24). Through this process, the team will solicit input from stakeholders on code change options for nonresidential HVAC ...

PROTECT CONSTRUCTION JOBS; STOP PROPOSED PREVAILING WAGE MANDATE

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
***ACTION NEEDED*** AB 199 (Chu; D-San Jose) is a legislative proposal which poses a huge threat to the entire construction industry by mandating the payment of Prevailing Wages for private residential projects in California. Such a requirement would be financially devastating for new project development and the entire construction industry. Additionally, in California, housing costs are being driven by a severe shortage of housing. California is only adding 80,000 new housing units annually – ...

AB 199 WILL INCREASE COST OF HOUSING

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Our friend and coalition partner Dave Cogdill, a former state senator, and current president and CEO of the California Building Industry Association, has penned the following article to outline the damaging impacts that AB 199 would have on the state’s affordable housing crisis.  Click here to read the article.  Read More →

COMPANION ANIMAL MEASURE

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
AB 1569 (Caballero; D-Salinas) is a bill that tries to address issues related to “companion animals” in public buildings.  This is an issue that many commercial real estate and residential real estate property managers deal with on an ongoing basis.  Under state and federal ADA laws its not always clear what can and cannot be required or even asked of a tenant or visitor that has such an animal in tow.  We applaud Ms. Caballero for taking on this issue and we are looking for feedback on whether ...

ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT BILL

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
We are also pushing back and opposing SB 49 (de León; D-Los Angeles) an overbroad bill that includes a private right of action for environmental laws similar to the Private Attorneys General Act provisions that have led to shakedown lawsuits for alleged labor and employment law violations. According to the CalChamber, which has just tagged this bill as a “Job Killer,” the bill is an attempt to deal with California concerns about the uncertainty at the federal level associated with environmental ...

ALL-GENDER SINGLE-USE BATHROOM LAW NOW IN EFFECT

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A new California law went in to effect on March 1, 2017, that requires facilities with “single use bathrooms” make those facilities gender neutral.  Basically, if you have bathrooms at any of your properties that one person can go in and lock the door, you need to change the door sign to indicate it is an “all-gender” bathroom. The bill that created this state law was Assembly Bill 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) which Governor Brown signed into law on September 29, 2016.  It ...

NON-RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING SURVEY – IMPORTANT!

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
In partnership with the Utility Codes and Standards Team, the California Energy Commission is seeking input from companies that have done nonresidential lighting retrofit projects.  It is very important that property owners and managers provide input to this survey since lighting retrofits have been one of the biggest sources of increased cost per square foot in the past two years. The survey was developed to better understand the use of the available compliance pathways for nonresidential lighting ...

2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
Registration is now open for the June 2017 Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination to be held in Sacramento and Riverside on June 28th.   Individuals with CASp certification are in high demand by clients seeking to ensure their facilities comply with applicable construction-related accessibility standards, including the California Building Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Obtaining CASp certification and/or encouraging an employee in your company to pursue the certification, ...

INDUSTRYWIDE LEGISLATIVE MEETING

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
CBPA’s annual industrywide Legislative Committee meeting is scheduled for March 23, in Los Angeles.  This is the meeting commercial real estate experts from all the major real estate sectors and industry groups come together to review legislation and set positions and priorities for the work that will happen in Sacramento’s Capitol.  More than 400 bills will be discussed at this important meeting.  Please contact your local legislative chair if you are interested in participating.  Read More →

CALIFORNIA GREEN SUMMIT

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The 2017 Green California Summit will be at the Sacramento Convention Center April 26-27 and “Early Bird” registration is now open. Concurrent sessions and keynotes will provide insight into innovations in energy efficiency, fleet management, water conservation, purchasing, green codes, funding for projects and more. Keep your company on the cutting edge of technology and learn more about all the regulations and laws that will impact your operation.  Click here for more information and/or to ...
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