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Builders and lenders, meet green building (access required)

Building science and technology have come a long way. Modern consumers are more sophisticated than they used to be. They have new expectations and demands for commercial and residential real estate, including increased personal comfort, multi-purpose design and environmental sustainability. ...

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Get paid for what you do (access required)

No matter how good your product or services, you will not stay in business if you are not paid. The basic elements of assuring payment: Deliver Value Customers expect value. They choose to do business with you. It follows, then, ...

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Commercial General Liability: Part 3 (access required)

In the second part of this series, we discussed whether the “your work” exclusion bars coverage for a contractor’s faulty workmanship. In this article, we will discuss whether another potential exclusion, the “contractual liability” exclusion, bars coverage for faulty workmanship ...

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Cyber security: Is your construction company protected? (access required)

In the past decade, technological innovation has occurred faster than ever before, creating opportunities that construction industry professionals never could have imagined. Complex structural building components materialize with the push of a button using 3D printing technology, and smartphone apps ...

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Commercial general liability policies: Part 2 (access required)

In the first part of this three-part series on commercial general liability, I discussed whether faulty workmanship alone can constitute an “occurrence” under a standard CGL policy. Assuming there has been an “occurrence,” this article will discuss whether the “your ...

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What to expect from the next generation

Are you tired of reading about millennials, that demographic of socially conscious, socially networked, free-thinking, tech-savvy people born around 1980 or later who are the absolute darlings of marketers everywhere? Well you’re not alone. As this kale- and quinoa-eating demographic ...

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How smart is your business? (access required)

“Smart” credit and debit cards, also referred to as “EMV” cards, chip cards, chip-and-signature cards, etc., are the next generation of payment cards. Each card is embedded with a computer chip, making this form of payment card significantly safer, more ...

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Commercial General Liability Policies: Part 1 (access required)

At some point, most contractors will face a claim for faulty or defective workmanship. When that happens, will the claim be covered under a Commercial General Liability (CGL) policy? The answer depends upon the factual nature of the claims asserted ...

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Words that can get you fired (access required)

There’s good news for employers who take threats of workplace violence seriously. A very recent federal appeals court case upheld the termination of an employee who admittedly made threatening statements at work, despite the employee’s excuse that his disability made ...

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Do you work at a desk? Take care of yourself (access required)

Making time to relax and take care of yourself sometimes seems impossible within a busy professional schedule. On the surface, it sounds like a good idea (in the same way having a mandatory firm-wide nap time in the middle of ...

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