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As Congress shifts its attention from health care back to tax reform, many are hoping for legislators to pass a new tax reform bill by the year’s end. The White House, along with the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance, recently released a tax reform plan: Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code. This framework plans to lower the corporate tax rate and bring down the tax rate for pass-throughs as well.

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To keep up with industry trends and important court decisions, AIA Contract Documents are reviewed and updated every 10 years. One of the important changes to the 2017 documents includes a single Sustainable Project Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable projects. This exhibit is meant to replace the Sustainable Projects documents included in the Conventional (A201) family of AIA Contract Documents.

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The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction and renovation projects is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute an ever-increasing percentage of total building life cycle expenses due to rising utility rates. As a result, sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a prevalent industry objective. However, peak sustainability is rarely accomplished due to the high costs and a lack of resources available in the early stages of design and planning.

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With the construction industry rebounding and creating more frequent and longer projects, more regularly are industry professionals looking to hotels as their “home away from home.” As travel shifts from being a part of the job to a temporary lifestyle, the ability to maintain routines and have homelike comforts, like the ability to prepare favorite meals, unwind in a spacious living area after a long day and have a designated workspace to maintain productivity, naturally increases. Continue »