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Houston, We Have a Problem: Could Legal Codes, Land Use Regulations, and Zoning Requirements Blunted Harvey’s Devastation?

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…]

AIA’s Latest Green Building Document: E204-2017 – Sustainable Projects Exhibit

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 Latest Installment in the Pierce-Gootee Saga

The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court have been engaged in an extended “conversation” about the significance or the necessity of filing a statement of claim (“lien”) under the Louisiana Public Works Act, a conversation which is turning lien law as practiced for 30 years by Louisiana construction lawyers on… [Read More…] about The Latest Installment in the Pierce-Gootee Saga