Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (“Court”) held that a public entity, the Orleans Parish School Board (“School Board”), had to promptly make the final payment of retainage to a Public Works contractor, Woodrow Wilson Construction, LLC (“Woodrow”), despite the fact that the School Board claimed it had a right to withhold liquidated damages from Woodrow per their contract (“Contract”). [Read More…]
Hurricane Harvey dumped more than twenty-seven trillion gallons of rain over Texas and Louisiana in six days. As of October 13, 2017, at least eighty-eight fatalities had been confirmed, most of which were drownings. Many locations in the Houston metropolitan area observed between thirty and fifty inches of precipitation; more than Houston usually receives in a year. [Read More…]
In July, New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, recently released his city government’s proposed climate action plan (“N.O. Plan”) to have New Orleans reduce its carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. [Read More…]
This spring, the AIA unveiled the latest updates to its core set of documents and added the E204-2017 as an exhibit that can be used on any project and added to most AIA contracts to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable design and construction services. Proponents/authors of the exhibit argue that it can add “big value to your project on five unique ways. Also, another commentator calls the E204-2017 a “game changer.” So does the E204-2017 live up to the hype? [Read More…]
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) stopped allowing LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system on October 31, 2016. Now, LEED registrations will only be accepted under LEED v4.[Read More…]
Sustainable design and construction (otherwise known as “Green Building”) is an evolving and growing sector of the building industry which presents new challenges and legal considerations for the owner (“Owner”), the architect (“Architect”), and the contractor (“Contractor”).