We recently announced the launch of additional Title 24 Energy Code videos that help owners understand the basics of the new state Energy Code. We also updated our earlier videos so they reflect the most current information. They are the Program Overview, Lighting Controls, HVAC and Building Envelope.
Did you know that the California Energy Commission updates its list of training, videos and resources constantly? Make sure your property is using the most up-to-date codes and rules for energy management and compliance. Click here for a list of resources.
With the prevalence of creative users and creative space, more balconies and roof top decks are coming into play as meeting and collaborative spaces. What once was a large balcony is now looked at critically by building officials as “Assembly Use” if the area is larger than 750 SF and in many instances, they do exceed 750 SF. What can a tenant do to have their plan approved by the city if the balcony exceeds 750 SF?
Recently, Lauren Faber O'Connor met with the BizFed Board of Directors, and reminded the group of the need for all segments of the community to take part in the implementation of the City of L.A. Sustainability pLAn. As the new Sustainability Officer, Ms. O'Connor highlighted the progress that has been made in each of the three major areas of focus: the environment, the economy, and equity. She noted the City has embarked on a four-year update (the pLAn began in 2015) which will fine-tune the strategies to accomplish the long-term goals. The update will be released in 2019.
The devastation left by hurricanes Harvey and Irma should be a wakeup call to those of us in California.
These two natural disasters have burdened society with not only loss of lives, but an economic impact of more than $290 billion that includes property damage and loss; disruptions to business, transportation and infrastructure; heightened unemployment; and increased prices for gasoline and other fuels impacting all Americans.
Early Warnings to Prepare for the Worst
Assembly Bill No. 1732 (Ting, Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016) was signed into law on September 29, 2016, and went into effect on March 1, 2017. It added Section 118600 to Chapter 5 of Part 15 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code to require all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities.
With the roll-out of the Los Angeles trash franchise there are still many questions about haulers, contracts, and pricing. While trying to figure out if you are going to have to pay an “Access charge” for the hauler to push a button, on a remote that you provide, to access your trash area or wondering if you will have to pay a distance fee for the hauler to bring your bins to the street, there is a lot of uncertainty.
BOMA/GLA was invited by L.A. Deputy Mayor Ray Chan to attend a status update on improvements to the development process over the last 4 years. Representing BOMA/GLA were Codes Committee Co-Chair Althea DePietro and BOMA/GLA VP Martha Cox-Nitikman. While progress in the Building Department’s processes are well known, other departments provided additional details on short cuts and new service offerings, including the LADWP.
Many tenant companies are now requesting “collaborative” or “team meeting” space in their build-outs. In the past, these have been categorized as “assembly” areas by the Department of Building and Safety, and as such call for a different occupant load factor of 1 person per 15 sq. ft. of floor area. When there are many such team rooms in a TI space, it is common to exceed the allowed occupant load.
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The City of L.A. has begun implementation of the Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency (EBEWE) ordinance passed last year, and owners have already started receiving letters to comply if their building is over 100,000 sf. The compliance deadline is July 1, 2017.
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Calculating “Collaborative Space” Occupant Load for Tenant Improvements
Assembly Bill 1732 was signed into law on September 29, 2016, relating to the identification of single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities. This law goes into effect, today, March 1st, 2017.
BOMA/GLA members from Santa Monica recently attended a meeting with city Building Official Ron Takiguchi and representatives from city-contracted engineering firm Degenkolb to discuss an update to the seismic retrofit ordinance. While residential and steel frame buildings will be covered, the discussion focused on concrete unreinforced structures.
The BOMA/GLA Government Affairs Committee is fortunate to have as a member Don Nanney, a partner with the law firm of Gilchrist & Rutter. Mr. Nanney’s attached article highlights changes to Prop. 65, which mandates a number of things, including posting a warning if a building site may contain “chemicals known by the State of California to cause cancer”. One of the most burdensome changes is that current generic posted warnings of chemical exposure will no longer be adequate. Notices must list specific chemicals that customers may be exposed to in a building or facility.
The Building Standards Commission and Department of Housing conducted a fourth workshop earlier this week as both agencies continue to refine draft building standards that will require recycled water infrastructure (purple pipe) in certain parts of the state starting July 1, 2018. This is in response to the industry-supported legislation AB 2282 (Gatto) which mandated this agency action.