Codes and Standards

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August 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Industry leaders offer how procurement system could be improved.

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August 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An assembly committee heard testimony on deadly balcony collapse that occurred last year.

The University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building was the first university building in Texas to Receive LEED Platinum ststus. Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain.

August 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new initiative screens projects to see if they are investor-ready.

One Angel Square, Manchester, England. BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating. Photo: TheCo-operative, One Angel Square, Wikimedia Creative Commons

August 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard is touted as a cost-effective alternative to LEED.

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August 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A joint ASHRAE/ACCA proposal seeks comments from industry professionals.

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August 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A nine-month limit has been proposed for some $100 million-plus projects.

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August 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The move highlights innovative insurance, mortgage, tax, and finance-based strategies.

August 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Transit-oriented development and affordable housing are spurring the movement. 

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August 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Products will now have to be labeled as compliant to the new rules.

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August 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The orders come after a rise in the number of deadly accidents that have occurred in the past few...

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August 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The funds from the tax will be used to restore wetlands

August 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The campaign asserts that not enough is known about CLT in construction

Risk of man-made earthquakes now factor in seismic hazard analysis

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July 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Significant risk increases seen in some areas of the U.S.

 

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

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July 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Continued waterfront development may be regretted later this century.

 

New Miami Beach law requires LEED certification on projects larger than 7,000 sf

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July 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver the prescribed standard on buildings larger than 50,000 sf.

New Michigan law provides local governments with flexible energy conservation financing

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July 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Allows cities to fund projects without adding debt.

 

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July 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Sick and tired’ of lawbreaking contractors defining public perception.

 

Welding has begun on a 70-story-tall office and residential tower in earthquake prone San Franciso that claims it can resist a 500-year earthquake, and be back in full operation within a month after a catastrophic event. Image: Courtesy of 181 Fremont

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A megabrace is a key seismic component at 181 Fremont, with offices, residences, and retail space...

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July 14, 2016 | Peter Fabrid, Contributing Editor

Expected to raise $8 million annually on commercial and residential projects.

 

FAA issues final rule on commercial use of drones

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July 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule covers commercial uses for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, and it takes effect Au...

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OSHA raises maximum civil penalties by 78%

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July 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to infractions that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

 

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July 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Legislature accused of ignoring 1994 ruling ordering state to pick up some of the costs.

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World Green Building Council sets goal of 100% net-zero buildings by 2050

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July 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

All new buildings and major renovations to be net-zero by 2030.

 

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July 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Allegedly removing thousands of housing units from market, driving up rents.

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July 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Zoning, property rights, building codes all could be re-imagined.

 

U.S. healthcare system’s GHG emissions rise 30% in past decade

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July 06, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

If U.S. healthcare were a country, it would rank 13th in GHG emissions.

 

State legislature fails to pass law to extend design-build for New York City projects

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July 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would have allowed five city agencies to use alternate delivery method.

 

Energy Department partnership with CoStar Group will study sustainability impact on property valuation

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June 30, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Database will offer rich data set on energy-efficient buildings in the U.S.

 

Chicago contractor found guilty of fraud on city’s requirement on minority-owned businesses

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June 30, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Alleged to have been sham business in bid to win city public works contract.

 

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June 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New studies indicate significant number of construction workers suffer hearing loss.

 

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