CALABASAS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

San Fernando Valley BOMA members heard from Maureen Tamuri, who oversees Calabasas Code Enforcement and Building and Safety, at the SFV Regional Breakfast to answer questions regarding permit times in Calabasas.

Calabasas members are seeing a 2 week turnaround time on permits but when LA County fire is involved that timeline can stretch out to 3-4 months. BOMA members committed to working with the City to make sure that permits check off the boxes that the City is looking for throughout the process.

L.A. DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY EXECUTIVES RECOGNIZED BY CAL BUILDING OFFICIALS

BOMA/GLA congratulates L.A. Building and Safety General Manager Frank Bush for receiving the 2017-18 Building Official of the Year award from the California Building Officials (CALBO) organization. Frank has worked closely with BOMA/GLA over the years, including on crafting of the Seismic Retrofit ordinance. He deserves this prestigious award for promoting building safety in LA by working collaboratively with building owners, developers and the construction industry. 

PASADENA FIRE MARSHAL PROVIDES UPDATE TO BOMA/GLA CODES AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee spoke with Bryan Frieders, Pasadena Fire Marshal, at its February meeting, and discussed of some of the challenges facing his department. The City is now using the Brycer software for fire/life safety building equipment compliance, and many of the initial problems have been resolved. Property owners should notify the Fire Department of continuing concerns.

Also, Pasadena now has its own Cannabis ordinance. Only 6 retail shops will be allowed in the city, one in each Council district. No cultivation will be allowed.

LA BUILDING AND FIRE OFFICIALS DISCUSS CHANGES FOR 2018

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee was briefed recently by the LA Building Department’s Executive Officer, Osama Younan, regarding 2018 changes to the plan check and inspection process. The Department will roll out a new online plan check system next month, focused on plans of smaller projects not requiring plan review. The goal of the online submittals is to speed the processing of tenant improvement and other plans through the city.

Other changes include:

L.A. EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY ORDINANCE COMPLIANCE DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER FIRST

Under the City of LA Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance (EBEWE), owners are required to create the initial 2016 Benchmarking Report by November first. To comply, the property owner must enter whole-building electricity, gas, and water data for calendar year 2016 into Energy Star Portfolio Manager, then submit the Benchmarking Report to the LA Department of Building & Safety.

The State of Office Security

In building security, there is a movement toward smart, secure and frictionless buildings. Leading commercial real estate owners are motivated to continually improve upon building security and to extend the systems in a way that offers a value-added amenity to customers (in this case, tenants). Here are a few ways it’s happening:

EXTENDING SECURITY SYSTEMS VISUALLY (AKA VIDEO SURVEILLANCE)

City of L.A. May Extend Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance Deadline

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) has put forward a recommendation to the Los Angeles City Council to extend the initial benchmarking deadline to November 1, 2017, providing additional time for building owners to comply with the ordinance.