by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/04/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: April/04/2017

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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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by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: March/23/2017

BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee Tip:

Calculating “Collaborative Space” Occupant Load for Tenant Improvements

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by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: March/01/2017

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.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: November/29/2016

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.

by: Publish Date: October/11/2016
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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.

by: BOMA California Publish Date: September/23/2016

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. 

by: BOMA California Publish Date: September/23/2016
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The 2019 Title 24 Standards update is underway. Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder meetings will be scheduled in fall 2016. These meetings are key in shaping the proposals that will be presented to the California Energy Commission and we need experts from our industry to participate.  If you think California’s Energy Code is overcomplicated and difficult to comply with, that may be a result of the fact that very few practitioners participate in the code writing process. 

by: BOMA California Publish Date: September/09/2016

The 2019 Title 24 Standards update is underway. Utility-Sponsored Stakeholder meetings will be scheduled in fall 2016. These meetings are key in shaping the proposals that will be presented to the California Energy Commission and we need experts from our industry to participate.  If you think California’s Energy Code is overcomplicated and difficult to comply with, that may be a result of the fact that very few practitioners participate in the code writing process. 

by: BOMA California Publish Date: September/09/2016

On behalf of the very large coalition of business groups, including commercial real estate, that expressed concerns about the GHG bills, Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: August/16/2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added a new feature to the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager, which allows building managers to track and benchmark building waste. Property professionals already use Portfolio Manager’s energy and water benchmarking tools to cut operating costs, and this new feature has the potential to make another significant impact on the industry and environment. The tool benchmarks 29 types of waste, including building materials, glass, paper, plastics and trash.

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: July/19/2016
The Los Angeles Fire Department is warning business owners to be on the lookout for phony "fire inspectors". Businesses have been targeted recently by scam artists wearing "uniforms" who claim to be examining fire safety systems on behalf of the Fire Department. 
 
by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: June/21/2016
BOMA/GLA recently wrote a letter of support for the implementation of a “one stop shop” center for Los Angeles County development services.  BOMA/GLA members have benefitted greatly by having access to a wide range of services at the City of Los Angeles development services offices. A similar county plan would bring many services under one roof at the Alhambra, a BOMA/GLA member property. 
 
by: Mitchell Vieyra Publish Date: May/10/2016

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee met recently with Ron Takiguchi, Santa Monica's Building Official, regarding a proposal mandating seismic upgrade of buildings. Similar to the LA ordinance, all types of construction would be reviewed and retrofitted as necessary. Click here for specific details discussed at the meeting. 

by: Martha Cox-Nitikman Publish Date: May/03/2016

After almost 2 years of discussion and regional hearings, the L.A. City Council recently agreed upon a strategy to repair sidewalks around the city. A lawsuit on behalf of disabled persons initiated the discussion of an issue that impacts every neighborhood.

Click here for further details on the passed ordinance.