Codes and Standards

New York State renews design-build authority

The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.

OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged th...

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2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings draft available for public review

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April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The comment period is open until May 29.

GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services....

Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...

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New version of Building Energy Data Exchange Specification launched

The U.S. Energy Department launched the new version of Building Energy Data Exchange Speficiation. Image: Morgue File/DuBoix

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy...

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New York tops U.S. cities in walkability

New York is the most walkable city in the U.S. Image: Redfin

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Revitalization pushes Detroit and New Orleans up the rankings

USGBC will recognize energy and water standards for the Living Building Challenge
April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Chal...

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New York City preparing new codes for evacuation elevators

Rookery Building, Chicago. Photo: Velvet via Wikimedia Commons

April 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to g...

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California imposes stringent new water standards

An aerial view of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy. Photo: Ikluft via Wikimedia Commons

April 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

California is the first state to adopt standards that are more efficient than those set by EPA's...

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Virginia surpasses Florida for strictest hurricane building codes

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April 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, acc...

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Industry groups petition for change order reform on federal projects

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April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional w...

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DOE releases Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons

April 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training...

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Georgia may ban use of LEED on state buildings

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April 03, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use g...

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Elevator shafts a major source of heat loss in New York City

The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council 

March 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from...

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6 myths holding back green building

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW is an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1968, with a $32 million renovation in 2009 by Brookfield Properties and RTKL Associates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?

New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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San Jose adopts bird-friendly building standard

Photo: Don McCullough/Flickr

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding frittin...

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Real estate interests push Congress for Census funding

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March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups have joined forces to urge Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census and the annual Ameri...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...

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Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...

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AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....

Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...

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Louisiana officials critical of stricter building standards in flood-prone areas

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February 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 10...

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Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthqua...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

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