Codes and Standards

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September 17, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to apartments built at least 15 years ago.

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ROI can be realized in as little as one year.

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Investigation could influence future use of the materials.

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Some followed their states in implementing more robust standards.

Illinois law sets maximum retainage on private projects

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September 12, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The change is expected to give contractors bigger checks earlier in project timeline.

Retreat may be the best option for some coastal communities in face of sea level rise

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September 10, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A new study makes the case for relocating in a "strategic, managed" manner.

Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks

The Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks, is based on provisions in the 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code.

   

September 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A free app that calculates the maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occup...

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Standard for assessing frame deflection using one component polyurethane foams updated

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September 06, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard offers guidance when installing fenestration products.

The high cost of gridlock: $166 billion per year

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Growing economy means more jobs, more cars, more hours stuck in traffic.

Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.

Code-conforming wood design guide available

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide summarizes provisions for the use of wood and wood products in the 2018 IBC.

LEED Residential market up 19% since 2017

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Green Building Council says that the LEED residential market has grown 19% since 2017. N...

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Slower speed limits in urban areas offer multiple benefits

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Improved safety, better adoption of electric scooters and autonomous vehicles are possible if dri...

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Renewables creating significant savings for commercial and public facilities

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Payback ranges from five to 15 years.

Oregon rescinds tsunami-zone construction ban

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Other states have no ban, but have strengthened building codes for tidal wave resilience.

Pop-up parks revitalize empty lots

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pop-up parks that provide instant open areas for public use and programming can revitalize under-...

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Plan including sand dunes and mechanical barriers would cost as much as $32 billion.

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Researchers say program will reduce injuries, save lives.

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August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Initiatives include cool streets, cool roofs, and broader urban tree canopy.

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August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Virtual reality, Internet of Things, robotics, and drones will all benefit from enhanced data flo...

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August 15, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Concrete Institute document includes major technical changes.

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August 13, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Study finds increased engagement and readiness for new roles.

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August 12, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AAMA document includes mandatory language, optional language, and detailed technical commentary....

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August 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Solutions include eliminating single-family zoning and allowing taller apartments in higher-densi...

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More designers focusing on acoustic properties of buildings, wellness design

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August 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Recognition that structures should be acoustically satisfying.

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August 07, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

All must comply by January 1.

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August 06, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry must also invest in training, recruiting high school students.

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August 01, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Reducing number of parking spots frees up land for ‘more purposeful’ uses.

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July 31, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Wide range of solutions address numerous environmental challenges.

July 30, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

First to fund solar for smaller-scale commercial operations.

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