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What is a construction defect in California?

The construction industry is a big indicator of the California economy and the country as a whole. If the industry is booming, the economy is stable. If the industry is struggling, the economy is taking a hit. An important part of the construction industry is safety. Defects can happen with construction, which is why we will take a closer look at this topic today.

CBSC adopts emergency standards concerning exterior elevated elements

If asked to explain the process through which new regulations are adopted or amendments made to the California Building Code, most people in the construction industry would understandably be at something of a loss for specifics. Nevertheless, chances are good that at a minimum, they would envision a legislative process that is both complex and protracted.

Report: SOCal's construction industry continues post-recession rebound

While most of us here in Southern California would like to keep the Great Recession firmly in the rearview mirror, it hasn't always proven to be easy. This is especially true for those individuals who have long plied their trade in industries that were hit the hardest by the prolonged economic decline and associated housing market collapse, including real estate, banking and, of course, construction.

Builder warranties in California

Most firms in California that are engaged in building new homes use a written contract to set forth the terms of the contract with their customers. Knowledgeable builders want their standard contracts to contain all of the pertinent terms of the agreements with their customers, but one category of such terms is often overlooked: warranties created and imposed by California statutes that regulate the state's construction law.

Obtaining a contractor's license

Construction work can be both satisfying and profitable, and it draws many persons who see themselves as successful builders and entrepreneurs. Entering the construction business seems simple: buy tools and a truck, identify materials suppliers, buy business cards and post some ads on the internet and you're off. But not so fast. California requires all persons and entities that wish to do business as a contractor to obtain a contractor's license, post a bond and satisfy the state's working capital requirements.

What is California's statute of repose?

Most persons in the construction industry in southern California have a general understanding of statutes of limitation, but very few understand the difference between a statute of limitation and a statute of repose. The distinction is an important feature of California construction law, because, while all civil lawsuits are subject to a statutorily prescribed deadline for bringing the action, the state's statute of repose applies only to lawsuits arising out of defects in construction projects.

New law could require earthquake retrofits for 15,000 buildings

Actually constructing houses or other buildings in California isn't so different from constructing them anywhere else in the country, but the construction industry has concerns that are unusual anywhere else. Chief among these is earthquake safety. California's peculiar geography means that construction has to take into account safety issues that aren't a serious consideration in other parts of the country. As a result, construction law in California often involves earthquake safety standards.

Federal contracts may cost more because workers are paid more

People in the construction world in California may be interested in exploring their options with lucrative state and federal construction projects. These projects can provide a small or mid-size construction firm with a tremendous source of jobs, income and exposure in the professional world and the public eye, but there may also be substantial barriers of entry for those construction firms which have never explored this uncharted territory.

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