Codes and Standards

All Stor Self Storage, a year-old self-storage facility with 600 units in Austin, Texas, is located near one of that city's largest subdivisions. Its design needed to blend in with its residential surroundings. Image: Preferred Self Storage Builders. 

April 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Self-storage facilities are blending into neighborhoods better, and competing for rentals from wo...

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Efficiency finance pilot project to spur retrofits on existing buildings

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April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

EDF and PG&E team up on interest-free loans for qualified projects.

 

ASHRAE releases proposed energy standard for historic buildings

Historic buildings in Milwaukee. Photo: Ian Freimuth/Creative Commons.

April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Designed to balance with preservation requirements.

 

Canadian city fines itself for failing to get a building permit for building renovation

Guelph, Ontario. Photo: TheGiantVermin/Wikimedia Commons.

April 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guelph, Ontario, will pay a $1,125 fine to the province.

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April 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cite concerns about technological and economic feasibility.

New LEED 2009 projects will have to meet increased minimum energy performance

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April 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New requirements went into effect April 8.

New LEED Pilot ACP designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials

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April 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Illegal wood is primary target to restrict illicit material in the supply chain.

 

Lighting requirements for high-rise dwellings proposed for energy standard

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April 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The requirements would effectively eliminate incandescent and halogen bulbs.

AISI publishes Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2016 Edition

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April 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Updates 2007 edition; includes five comprehensive design examples.

 

ASHRAE publication on impact of IT equipment on data center design released

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April 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The book offers advice for designing structures in the fast-changing data center industry.

Occupant egress simulations that impact codes fall short, researchers say

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March 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building evacuations in emergencies are too dangerous as a result.

 

National report on school buildings reports $46 billion annual funding shortfall

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March 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Millions of students said to be learning in obsolete facilities.

 

ASHRAE grants fund human thermal comfort database project

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March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aim is to help better understand thermal comfort in residential and commercial buildings.

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OSHA finalizes new silica dust regulations

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March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry has until June 2017 to comply.

 

APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

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March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides recommendations on engineered wood construction systems.

Affordable housing advocates differ on micro-apartment policy

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March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York’s luxury micro units could be first step to developing affordable units.

 

GRESB launches Health and Well-being Module for real estate industry

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March 21, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Optional supplement to environmental, social, and governance assessment.

 

ASHRAE funds efficiency projects including aerial vehicle for energy audits

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March 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Undergraduates at 24 universities awarded grants.

 

New York City releases Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles

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March 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Addresses sustainability, resiliency, healthy living.

 

Nevada utility regulations hampering growth of solar energy

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March 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities highlights challenges of burgeoning solar el...

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U.S. Supreme Court lets San Jose affordable housing law stand

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March 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Law attempts to alleviate Silicon Valley’s high housing costs.

 

WELL standard offers multiple benefits for owners, says real estate executive

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March 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Could be a recruiting tool for occupant companies.

 

China bans ‘weird’ public architecture, gated communities

Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest. Photo: Jon/Creative Commons.

March 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Directs designers of public buildings to focus on functionality.

 

Economists, energy efficiency practitioners need to work together for better cost/benefit studies

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February 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Flawed energy efficiency research yields misleading, confusing results.

New York City implements new crane safety plan following deadly accident

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The plan includes restrictions on crawler cranes during windy conditions.

Obama establishes federal earthquake risk management standard

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard requires federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant design provisions in current b...

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ISO releases national assessment and state-by-state building codes evaluation

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report covers 87% of U.S. population.

 

Huge fraud case involving alleged engineering impostors uncovered in California

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Hundreds of buildings may have to be demolished.

 

New York governor makes emergency design-build authorization

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February 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The declaration was issued in response to Winter Storm Jonas which dumped over 18 inches of snow...

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A giant proposed casino-hotel in Everett, Mass., will include 600-plus rooms, six restaurants, and a 20-foot-wide harborwalk along the Mystic River. The resort is scheduled to open in 2018. Rendering: Wynn Resorts

January 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A judge’s ruling last year paved the way for Wynn Resorts to begin construction on a 33-acre gamb...

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