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  • Archive for March 10th, 2017

    Mar 10

    PROTECT CONSTRUCTION JOBS; STOP PROPOSED PREVAILING WAGE MANDATE

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    ***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 – 100,000 units short of what is needed to meet demand and lower costs.

    The average single family home now costs $440,000 – two and a half times the national average.

    Rents are also 50 percent higher than the rest of the country, with monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles and San Francisco ranging from $2,600 to $4,550.

    We must defeat this proposal as it will hurt our industry and it will skyrocket housing costs.

    The commercial real estate industry cares deeply about this issue for several reasons, but importantly if advocates succeed with this measure this year, our projects will be targeted next.

    Contact your California State Legislator, today, to encourage that they oppose AB 199 by clicking here.

    Mar 10

    AB 199 WILL INCREASE COST OF HOUSING

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    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.

    Mar 10

    COMPANION ANIMAL MEASURE

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    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 the language of this proposed measure will address the issues your companies face.  We are also trying to clarify that this measure will apply equally to commercial as well as residential properties.  Click here to read the bill.

    Mar 10

    ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT BILL

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    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 laws identified in the bill.  SB 49 is a premature, overbroad, and vague response to things that could happen in the future while in the present creating substantial uncertainty for businesses in advance of any such potential changes and correspondingly greatly increasing the potential for costly litigation.

    SB 49 requires the state agencies to adopt the baseline federal standards in the federal Clean Air Act, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the federal Water Pollution Control Act, the federal Endangered Species Act, and “other federal laws” defined as unidentified laws “relating to environmental protection, natural resources, or public health.”

    Mar 10

    ALL-GENDER SINGLE-USE BATHROOM LAW NOW IN EFFECT

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    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 created Health and Safety Code Section 118600, relating to the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities.

    Click here to view the compliance guidance from the Division of the State Architect that will give your facilities staff more technical direction.

    Mar 10

    NON-RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING SURVEY – IMPORTANT!

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    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 retrofit projects and the age of lighting systems in existing buildings. The results may be used to inform the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Codes and Standards Enhancement process.

    Please complete the survey here before March 22, 2017.

    Mar 10

    2017 CASp EXAM REGISTRATION

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    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, provides you with an opportunity to increase your business, enhances the services you provide, helps distinguish you from your peers, and will help protect you from unnecessary lawsuits.

    Register through the CASp Account Login site. Registration closes one month prior to the examination date or when the exam reaches the maximum capacity seating, whichever occurs first.  Information for all of the 2017 exams is listed online in the CASp examination schedule.

    Mar 10

    INDUSTRYWIDE LEGISLATIVE MEETING

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    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.

    Mar 10

    CALIFORNIA GREEN SUMMIT

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    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 register.

    Mar 10

    NON-RESIDENTIAL HVAC STAKEHOLDER MEETING

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    The second set of Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder Meetings to discuss the 2019 Title 24, Part 6 non-residential HVAC topics will be held on March 15 and 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 measures.

    We need industry experts to participate.  Please pass this notification on to people in your company responsible for energy efficiency and HVAC systems.  More information is available here.