Over the past year, HL Construction Law has provided articles on a variety of construction law topics. The following are status reports for some of these topics:
- HL Construction Law issued an article in April 2009 entitled, “U.S. District Court Grants Preliminary Injunction with Respect to Albuquerque’s Green Building Ordinances.” In The Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute v. City of Albuquerque, a New Mexico U.S. District Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction and prohibited the enforcement of certain Albuquerque green building ordinances until the case was resolved. Albuquerques ordinances impose minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial and residential buildings and provide specific ways to achieve these standards, including achieving LEED silver certification. At this time, the case remains ongoing.
- HL Construction Law’s June 2009 article, “Ohio Bans eBay-Style Construction Bidding,” addressed legislation contained in the 2010-2011 Ohio State Budget, Am. Sub. House Bill No. 1 designed to prohibit certain governmental entities from using internet reverse auctions to award construction work. This legislation has now become law(http://126.96.36.199/orc/gp9.314), having gone into effect on October 16, 2009.
- HL Construction Law’s July 2009 article, “Ohio May Offer Assistance to Minority Businesses with New Bonding Laws,” addressed new minority bonding legislation contained in the 2010-2011 Ohio state budget, Am. Sub. House Bill No. 1. This minority bonding legislation has now become law (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/122.89), having gone into effect on October 16, 2009.