Codes and Standards

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.

New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

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February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

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February 08, 2015 | ASHRAE

Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its...

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Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

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February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York enacted a law that could make firefighting a bit safer by mandating property owners info...

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AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In sharp contrast to most suburban communities in the Washington, D.C. area, Bethesda, Md., stand...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

As of Jan. 1, all employers under the jurisdiction of OSHA are required to report all work-relate...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An Illinois law took effect on Jan. 1 that requires all new and remodeled schools to have storm s...

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Gundersen's 500,000-sf expansion will features a geothermal system. Rendering: A
January 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Gundersen Health System, a network of hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes in Wisconsin,...

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January 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Insurance industry experts say without federal terrorism reinsurance in place for 2015, resulting...

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The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to
December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to the 30 to 40 per...

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December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal contractors may be subject to several new rules in 2015 that impact how they are selected...

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December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editors

The $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal year 2015 approved by Congress makes deep cuts in some...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious program would focus on some apartment buildings built before 1978 and concrete buil...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York State’s building code is outdated and is hampering the recruitment of high-tech employer...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal, among other things, would impose a rental registration program and fee targeted at...

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December 12, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The company aims to build 100 new DD Green-certified restaurants by the end of 2016.

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December 05, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City officials say the flurry of apartment construction over the past year has strained resources...

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December 05, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Recent airport designs are bigger and much more efficient, based on a look at recent projects in...

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December 03, 2014 | The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

The agreement represents over a decade of negotiations, bringing cross-border recognition of prof...

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November 26, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The outcome-based approach requires the building owner to provide the building’s utility bills fo...

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November 26, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Colorado's “vexing construction defects law” has hampered the building of new condominiums in the...

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November 24, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new standard contract provides a contractual vehicle for owners to save significant money fro...

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November 24, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The zoning policy shift could produce the biggest transformation of North New Jersey’s downtowns...

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November 24, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An independent review panel of military specialists met with healthcare leaders Nov. 12 to consid...

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November 17, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

This document provides a guide for manufacturers, architects/specifiers, contractors, and buildin...

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