Construction contractors adjust to extreme changes in material prices, China expands real estate lending support to its larger cities, semiconductor demand becomes a gem for industrial real estate, and more.
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Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up 02/16/22
The Biden administration’s Buy Clean Task Force turns its attention to sustainable construction materials, Florida Restaurateurs begin to use nonfungible tokens (NFTs), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will invest in hydrogen and nuclear technologies, and more.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up 02/09/22
A Florida home for sale offers a property deed via an NFT, nuclear power is projected to play an important role in the climate crisis, a Spanish real estate developer aims to set up an office in the the metaverse Decentraland, and more.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up 01/19/22
Habitat for Humanity builds the nation’s first 3D-printed house, the White House announces infrastructure spending plans for 2022, commercial real estate firms are left to determine their vaccination mandates, and more.
Eco Oro v. Colombia and the Police Powers Exception: What Companies Should Know When Investing Outside of Their Country
In a mixed decision for international investors, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) recently published a tribunal’s award finding that the Republic of Colombia breached its obligations under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement when it blocked Eco Oro Minerals Corporation’s mining project in an effort to protect a high-altitude wetland known as the Santurbán Páramo but held that Colombia did not indirectly expropriate Eco Oro’s concession contract with the government pursuant to which Eco Oro’s investment was made because its actions were a legitimate exercise of Colombia’s right as sovereign state to protect its environment. ICSID arbitration, as its name implies, exclusively deals with international commercial disputes, where “investors” (as defined by applicable treaties and include both companies and individuals) submit claims under international treaties against foreign governments. The Eco Oro decision and its underlying analysis are not unique to investor-state arbitration and illustrate how domestic policy concerns, such as the protection of the environment, may result in States acting against the interests of foreign commercial investment.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up 12/01/21
Investment firms turn their attention towards acquiring digital land, China works to manage its real estate debt, the European Union announces a multibillion-euro infrastructure bill, and more.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up (11/03/21)
Amenity-rich buildings become a key focus in enticing employees back into the office, supply chain links are strained by a lack of storage capacity in warehouses and port areas, green lease signings are on the uptick, and more.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up (9/1/21)
The new infrastructure bill proposes regulations for the cryptocurrency industry, the demand for logistics rental space increases, the Supreme Court ends the eviction moratorium, and more.
Real Estate & Construction News Round-Up (8/25/21)
Diversity and inclusion efforts increase in the infrastructure industry, a recent United Nations report on climate change highlights its potential effects on real estate, construction projects fall behind schedule due to labor shortages, and more.
Presidential Executive Order 14008: The Climate Crisis Order
Presidential Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis,” a long and unusually detailed Executive Order published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2021 (see 86 FR 7619), has generated considerable discussion and commentary. Below, I briefly outline its provisions.