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Developing Real Estate in California: The ‘M’ Word

Developing Real Estate in California: The ‘M’ Word

No one wants to mention it, but mold is a big problem in California’s developing world. Mold removal, consulting, and rebuilding from damage sits in at around $14B a year in this state alone, making it the number one fault in the industry. While the causes for mold are unavoidable - it is very difficult to survive in a...

When to Time Insulation Inspections for California’s Real Estate Developments

When to Time Insulation Inspections for California’s Real Estate Developments

Techniques and materials in insulation have come a long way over the past few years. We have reached a point in which many buildings, especially high-performance buildings, are considered capable of being hermetically sealed, and as a result, must contain oxygen sensors in every room. While this is a result of exterior...

California’s Commercial Developments: Time Your HVAC Inspections Correctly!

California’s Commercial Developments: Time Your HVAC Inspections Correctly!

Inspections are mandatory, and passing them is one of the most important aspects of keeping a commercial development project on track. The worst-case scenario is missing an inspection or being ordered to rebuild, and these two terrible errors must be avoided in commercial development projects.

Time HVAC Inspections for Your Multifamily Developments Correctly!

Time HVAC Inspections for Your Multifamily Developments Correctly!

One of the most common errors regarding HVAC code compliance in multifamily development projects is poor timing of inspections. This can go either way - an inspection can be timed long after the installation was complete, which means the construction process is not efficient, or an inspection process can rush the job. ...

Where Real Estate Developers Lose Money in California’s Sustainable Developments

Where Real Estate Developers Lose Money in California’s Sustainable Developments

Sustainability in itself is not a way to lose money in a development project; in fact, we would argue that the opposite is true: incorporating sustainable practices in a development project can both increase property value and enhance a development organization’s brand.

Real Estate Development Risks Involving California’s Energy Code

Real Estate Development Risks Involving California’s Energy Code

Meeting energy codes can be a strain on a development project’s budget. The rules are very strict, and much of the time the benefits seem insubstantial. Despite the problems that arise with striving to meet California’s energy codes, not meeting code is one of the best ways to harm a development project’s budget, and a...

The Importance of Energy Planning in California’s Commercial Developments

The Importance of Energy Planning in California’s Commercial Developments

Energy systems are some of the largest systems in a commercial development project, and as a result they requisition a sizeable portion of the budget. Ensuring that the energy-related development goals remain on track is therefore crucial to maintain a target budget and schedule. This leaves very little room for error ...

How to Be Energy Compliant Without Impacting Your Development Timeline

How to Be Energy Compliant Without Impacting Your Development Timeline

One of the most important features of a development project is the focus on completing milestones at a specific and convenient point in time. By defining a succession of tasks attached to those milestones, we increase our capacity to deliver. But what if we are not able to do this? How can we make sure that any risk th...

Commercial Development in California: Mitigating Energy Compliance Risks

Commercial Development in California: Mitigating Energy Compliance Risks

Commercial development projects are complex and unique in many ways. Like any project, they have their own risks. Add to it the need to comply with California Energy Code (referred to as Title 24), and many questions come up fast. How can you be sure the project is fully compliant? Have you been up to the challenge, an...

5 Energy Compliance Mistakes that Will Kill the Bottom Line of a Development Project

5 Energy Compliance Mistakes that Will Kill the Bottom Line of a Development Project

As a developer in California, being able to construct commercial buildings, residential towers or whole new urban areas is what gives full sense to your life. You do not want mistakes to derail your projects, and you undertake each development hoping that they will not happen. But they do happen.

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7 Best Practices in High Performance Building Design

Often times, architects who design high performance buildings in California, which are required to comply with stringent energy regulations, fail to integrate performance goals or to make certain decisions relating to energy efficiency strategies during the design phase.

High Performance Design   Energy & Sustainable Solutions  

Best Practices for Sustainable Development Projects in California

Sustainable development projects are a growing trend across the United States and California is a trend setter! Sustainability is critical for environmental needs and has also become an integral approach to separate the best from the rest, or in other words, a differentiator for developers and designers.

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What Zero Net Energy Really Means for Architects and Design in California

Thanks to the Zero Net Energy standards passed by the state of California last year, we are well on our way to becoming a world leader in zero net homes. However, many of us remain skeptical about the feasibility of these objectives. Can the single biggest change in the history of home building and energy efficiency be...

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How Energy Planning Impacts the Cost and Value of a Development Project

Planning is critical for any development project. Period. But in California, more than anywhere else in the United States for that matter, such planning needs to incorporate “energy efficiency” into the equation.

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Why Failing Energy Inspections Can Be Fatal for Your Bottom Line

Affordable housing developments walk a fine line when it comes to budgeting. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why not passing mandated HERS inspections can cause a project timeline to fall apart and the best methods to circumvent this risk entirely.

Affordable Housing  

Affordable Housing Developments in California: When to Ask for Help

It would be in our best interest here at E3 California to say that a developer should ask us to join a project during the development phase, but we also understand that without the proper backup, this is just shameless marketing. However, it’s not untrue, not in the slightest.

Affordable Housing  

The Biggest Mistakes in California’s Affordable Development Projects

Some might say that the biggest mistake that a developer could make when it comes to an affordable housing project would be to take the entirety of the funds allocated for the project and bet them on roulette.  Maybe 50/50 odds aren’t that bad?

Affordable Housing  

Capitalizing on California’s Tax Benefits for Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Projects

One of the most important aspects to do with the incorporation of energy efficiency into affordable housing development projects is the use of tax benefits. California established tax incentives and programs in 1986 to deal with the growing need for affordable housing, and since then has received added federal funding ...

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