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Does Your Home Have Construction Defects?

At first glance, the 43-story Ke Kilohana condominium in the Ward Village area developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation comes with a host of amenities.   The 2-year-old building on Halekauwila Street is outfitted with modern furniture, a movie theater, karaoke room, as well as a sky lanai overlooking downtown Honolulu. But occupants of the

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The Importance of Effective Communication During a Construction Defect Claim in the New Normal!

Effective communication within a homeowners’ association is always important. However, during a construction defect action by an association, communication and cooperation among the Board, Community Association Manager, Owners and the Construction Defect Attorney become essential. With the outbreak of Covid-19, how we communicate and do business in the future will most likely all be different.

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Issues With Commercial Roof Systems Common in Hawaii

A Hawaii building owner should be aware of the issues they may encounter depending on the type of roofing system installed at their building. Awareness of the signs of failure can prevent major damage to other major components of the building and property within the structure. This article will outline various types of roofing systems

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Somewhere on your property there is an accident waiting to happen

Does your maintenance budget cover regular repairs to railings, walkways and staircases? If not, your bill could be catastrophic. A man fell to his death in 2016 when a railing at Ala Moana Center reportedly gave way. His friend, who tried to stop the fall, was severely injured. The resulting lawsuit was settled in March.

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Keep your eye on the Law-New legal issues are shaping Isle jobsites in 2019

“It’s conceivable that a general contractor could, on the one hand, be liable to an owner for damages relating to an unlicensed subcontractor’s work, but on the other hand, would not be able to recover against the subcontractor for the same issues,” Osterkamp says. “U.S. Pipelining is a confusing decision, and it’s hard to tell

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The Scourge of Yellow Brass in Plumbing Fittings

Modern plumbing systems for potable water are generally comprised of either copper or Pex tubing, with copper pipes still being the top-of-the-line accepted standard and Pex now promoted as more durable and easier to install. Pex is now a building code-approved plumbing line, with each brand having their own International Code Council-approved report. Properly installed,
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Common Litigated Defect Claims in Hawaii

What is a construction defect? Construction defects are construction practices that violate the building code, violate specific installation instructions or product approval, deviate from the approved plans, cut impermissible corners, and/ or incorporate components that are prone to fail in their installation and/ or use. Continue Reading: Building Management - Common Defect Claims, Aug 2018
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