Codes and Standards

Stay on top of the latest news related to building codes, standards, and regulations with BD+C's Codes and Standards blog. Topics include: green building, seismic design, high-wind design, water conservation, energy efficiency, and building performance tracking and measuring. To submit a topic for consideration, please email David Barista, Editor-in-Chief, at dbarista@sgcmail.com.
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Posted on August 07, 2012 By Lynne Simnick
Energy Star scores and LEED certifications do not always equate to optimal energy efficiency, according to efficiency specialists. "We found [just] 45% savings in a LEED Platinum building; it was actually an energy hog," says the vice president of marketing for Retroficiency, a start-up firm...
Posted on July 31, 2012 By Lynne Simnick
The development of low-energy buildings is stunted, asserts sustainable building guru Jerry Yudelson, and he has a provocative explanation for his view. “Most engineers and architects know how to deliver low-energy buildings, but don’t do it because they don’t use or follow integrated design...
The development of low-energy buildings is stunted, asserts sustainable building guru Jerry Yudelson, and he has a provocative explanation for his view. “Most engineers and architects know how to deliver low-energy buildings, but don’t do it because they don’t use or follow integrated design...
Posted on July 24, 2012 By Dwight Perkins
Over the past year, OSHA has been cracking down on contractors that violate fall safety standards. While it’s critical that all workers adhere to OSHA rules to avoid fines, but building teams should concentrate chiefly on making the job site safe even if that means going beyond what OSHA requires....
Posted on July 18, 2012 By Lynne Simnick
Seattle officials want to green up their building stock, and one of their tools is implementing a Living Building Challenge pilot program that would allow construction of buildings taller than the present height limits in certain areas. To have a height exception approved, the building would have...
Posted on July 11, 2012 By Lynne Simnick
On July 1, California added enhancements and improvements to the CalGreen Building Code that set higher standards for conserving water, saving energy, and improving indoor air quality. The code enhancements also provide a flexible framework for green design. For example, the original code made...
Posted on July 02, 2012 By Dwight Perkins
The proliferation of green standards has some developers yearning for a better-coordinated, simpler approach to defining sustainable structures. The current generation of green building evaluation mechanisms including LEED, Green Globes, the Living Building Challenge, EPA’s Building Performance...
Posted on June 26, 2012 By Dwight Perkins
After over 70 Congressman wrote to the General Services Administration criticizing proposed LEED 2012 credits on building materials, the US Green Building Council has started to fight back. The criticism pertains to proposed credits that may encourage alternatives to certain building materials now...
Posted on June 19, 2012 By Dwight Perkins
Three key federal agencies—General Services Administration, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy—are reexamining green building standards for the government. At issue is which of three standards, LEED, The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes, and the International Living Future...
Posted on June 13, 2012 By Lynne Simnick
The California Energy Commission approved more-stringent energy efficiency standards for buildings. The measures will require hot-water pipes to be insulated and roofs to be able to accommodate photovoltaic panels. The regulations will cover construction of new residential and commercial buildings...