2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: February 13, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
California’s building efficiency standards have been updated, with changes that will become mandatory in January 2017. This seminar will cover what’s new in Title 24 for both residential and non-residential buildings, from high performance walls and attics to lighting and lighting controls. The session will also review challenges that have resulted in implementing the 2103 standards, strategies for addressing them, and solutions to these challenges that may be included in the recent revisions. With ...

NEW BILLS BEING INTRODUCED

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The California State Legislature is three weeks away from a major deadline “New Bill Introduction Deadline.”  A slow trickle of bills will steadily increase into a tsunami the few days before February 27, the day by which all bills for the 2016 session must be public.  Each session nearly 2,500 bills are introduced and we identify upwards of 500 that have an impact on the commercial real estate industry.  Stay tuned as we identify those bills and get them out to our legislative committee for ...

SEVERAL BAD BILLS MISS DEADLINES

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
 A number of opposed bills opposed by the commercial real estate industry and identified as “Job Killers” by the California Chamber of Commerce are dead for the session after missing legislative deadlines: AB 244 (Eggman; D-Stockton) jeopardized access to credit for home mortgages and increased the challenge to attract business to California because of high housing prices by extending the homeowner’s bill of rights to others, thereby opening the door to more private rights of action. AB 356 ...

SICK LEAVE/DISABILITY LEAVE LAW INFORMATION

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
 Every January, California Chamber of Commerce employment law experts travel up and down the state educating California employers about new employment laws affecting the workplace.  The new law requiring certain benefits for employees regarding sick leave policy is a current focus of the business community.  Companies across the state are trying diligently to comply, however many are finding the law confusing and have questions.  The CalChamber can help.  Click here for more information. Additionally, ...

***ALERT!!!*** PROPERTY TAX INITIATIVE GAINING MOMENTUM

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A proposition to change Proposition 13 in a manner that would allow an almost doubling of state property tax is currently out for signature and seems to be gaining momentum.  This is a threat that we are taking very seriously and putting out a call to our industry to get educated, active, and engaged to prepare to defend against this huge tax increase. The property tax initiative known dubbed by proponents at “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act” is referred to in shorthand as the ...

ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON LIGHTING ALTERATION ENFORCEMENT

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
The Energy Commission adopted the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Nonresidential Lighting Alteration Language on November 12, 2015. Comments received at the adoption hearing included concerns over how to document existing conditions for purposes of verification and enforcement. The lighting alteration subchapters of the Nonresidential Compliance Manual are under development and staff would like stakeholder input on documentation requirements for existing conditions. On February 16, California ...

2016 BUILDING EFFICIENCY STANDARDS SEMINAR

Posted: February 5, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
California’s building efficiency standards have been updated, with changes that will become mandatory in January 2017. This seminar will cover what’s new in Title 24 for both residential and non-residential buildings, from high performance walls and attics to lighting and lighting controls. The session will also review challenges that have resulted in implementing the 2103 standards, strategies for addressing them, and solutions to these challenges that may be included in the recent revisions. With ...

INDUSTRY-SUPPORTED EV-ACCESS REGS ADOPTED

Posted: January 29, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
After two days of very contentious testimony, the Building Standards Commission last week approved disabled accessibility regulations for electric vehicle charging stations installed in public parking lots. When EV charging is provided in an area accessible by the general public it is considered a “public service” for purposes of state and federal civil rights statutes. Normally, the Division of the State Architect would use federal regulations as the basis for our state regulations. ...

CEC ADOPTS NEW LIGHTING STANDARDS

Posted: January 29, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
  The Energy Commission has adopted first-in-the-nation energy standards for “next generation” light bulbs.  The standards cover small-diameter directional lamps, often used in track lighting, and general purpose LED’s commonly used to replace residential lighting. The commission estimates that the standards will save Californian’s more than $4 billion in aggregate over the first 13 years and will help the state meet its SB 350 energy saving goals and AB 32 greenhouse gas emission goals ...

***ALERT!!!*** PROPERTY TAX INITIATIVE GAINING MOMENTUM

Posted: January 29, 2016 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments
A proposition to change Proposition 13 in a manner that would allow an almost doubling of state property tax is currently out for signature and seems to be gaining momentum.  This is a threat that we are taking very seriously and putting out a call to our industry to get educated, active, and engaged to prepare to defend against this huge tax increase. The property tax initiative known dubbed by proponents at “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act” is referred to in shorthand as the ...
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