Construction contracts sometimes include directives, instructions or limitations on how the contractor must accomplish the work. This gives the project owner more control. But it also can create liability if these directives are interpreted to extend an implied warranty to the contractor. A recent case from the federal Armed Services Board is an example.
Environmental advocates scored a victory in California when voters there defeated Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that would have suspended the state's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (A.B. 32). The law was designed to promote a reduction in building energy use, among other things, in an effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emission (GHG) levels in the state to 1990 levels by 2020.
The American Institute of Architects' California Council (AIACC) Nov. 5 reported that it "is pleased with the California voters' decision to reject Proposition 23 and not suspend the implementation of California's landmark greenhouse-gas-reduction law.