Just a quick resource note:
As anyone who has had the misfortune of sitting through the North Carolina General Contractor’s exam can tell you, there are two very important deadlines to keep in mind if you are not getting paid on a project– 120 days and 180 days. These are dates associated with filing a Notice of Claim of Lien on Real Property and Notice of Claim of Lien upon Funds, and the date associated with perfecting a Claim of Lien with a Complaint. Once these dates have passed, you may still sue to collect unpaid fees, but your statutory lien rights are lost (and with them, your most likely chance to get attorney fees). There is no room for error here. One good site to bookmark is this online Date Calculator. Use it to plug in the date of last furnishing to determine your notice and complaint deadlines. For future reference, I have added a permanent link to this calculator to the “Resources” page.
50 state lien law resource:
If you need to know the basic notice and filing requirements of lien laws in other states, check out this article which details mechanic lien law information in all 50 states.
Photo “ASIO fx-991MS SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR” by Andres Rueda via Flickr and made available via an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License.
A building can be designed to meet energy efficiency and sustainability goals, without actually obtaining LEED certification. However, LEED certification is becoming one of the most recognized ways of demonstrating your commitment to green building. It does not come, however, without a cost. In addition to the registration fee to the Green Building Certification Institute, costs depend on the square footage of the building, ranging from $1,750 to $17,500 for GBCI members to $2,250 to $22,500 for non-members. There are also commissioning fees and the soft costs associated with a green design.
Enter the Town of Cary and the new fire station. While meeting many green goals, the Town has elected to forego getting it LEED certified because of the estimated $41,000 costs involved in doing so. Is this the next trend in green building? If not LEED certified, what is to stop unscrupulous builders from unilaterally declaring their work to be green without actually making it environmentally friendly? Is the cache of being green worth multiple thousands of dollars in these lean economic times? Is this a way to avoid risks associated with failing to meet LEED certification?
For more on this issue, check out Matt DeVrie’s article on this same subject, “What are the benefits of Leed Certification?”
2. Don’t worry about how someone will actually reach the threshold to get into the building– that’s what step ladders are for!
3. Don’t worry your head about such petty issues as structural integrity– it’s only a shed, right?
* Photo credits: “An extra room” by JaviC; “Entrance, Ufa/RU, 2009” by William Veerbeek; “Bad Construction P1000892” by RogueSun Media. All via Flickr and made available via an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 License.