The conclusion of a construction project presents a familiar impasse. The project owner doesn’t want to release final payment until it is sure there are no prospective mechanic’s liens out there. The contractor doesn’t want to waive its lien rights – which secure payment – until it has actually received payment. The solution is a “closing” of sorts. The parties exchange lien waivers for final payment. But sometimes the process breaks down.
To the delight of green-building advocates, the House has passed the Federal Building Personnel Training bill (S. 3250)(GBI, Aug. 1, 2010, "Energy-Efficiency Advocates Praise Senate's Action on Federal Buildings Personnel Training Bill"). President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
Z Corp. earlier this month announced a software upgrade that is designed to simplify the use of its ZScanner handheld 3D laser scanners.