Codes and Standards

Denver broadens its use of design reviews as construction booms

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January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Support strong, but some wary of giving more say to review boards.

 

International Code Council approves updates based on NIST study of Joplin, Mo. tornado

Joplin, Mo., in 2011. Photo: twi$tbarbie/Creative Commons.

December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to schools and other high occupancy buildings.

Changing building codes to protect against mass shootings at odds with other safety measures

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December 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fire and other emergencies require getting people out quickly, not locking down sections.

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Codes should be updated to reflect lessons learned from recent extreme weather events

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December 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More can be done to boost resiliency to flooding, extended power outages.

Los Angeles launches ‘Drop 100′ campaign to reduce water use in commercial buildings

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December 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to save 100 million gallons annually.

More than 50 design, construction, and real estate firms urge action on climate change

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December 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Call for policymakers to move on one of the ‘greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century’...

Chicago suburb considers bird collision deterrent requirement on all new buildings

Highland Park, Ill., wants buildings have a bird “threat factor” of 15 or less.

October 26, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule would mandate that new commercial, multifamily structures comply with LEED pilot program...

Anchorage, Alaska, is considering the relaxation of parking and landscaping requirements and the height limits of tall buildings. Photo: Frank K./Wikimedia Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Controversial measure is part of plan to spur development.

The EPA had expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the act to include smaller streams and other bodies of water. Photo: GinaD/Wikimedia Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New EPA rule suspended until court cases settled.

New California law means commercial building benchmarking program will be implemented

Pioneer Building Loft Apartments in San Diego. The state's benchmarking program will be expanded to cover large multifamily housing. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

October 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Multifamily housing to be included, a first for a U.S. state.

ASHRAE guideline

The step-by-step ASHRAE guideline process leads owners and facility managers through the steps of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focuses on optimum facility and system operation.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court's chambers in the Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo: Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons

September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

State Supreme Court denies Navy contractor remedies in lawsuit

2014 construction deaths up 6% from 2013

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September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Highest number of fatalities since 2008

Bill aims to harmonize policy regarding federal, state marijuana laws

Marijuana grow house. Photo: Coleen Whitfield/Creative Commons

September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would provide protection from federal prosecution for property owners

The RELi standard helps planners design buildings that can better withstand shocks such as droughts. Photo: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Based on LEED model, may help lower insurance rates

 

Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant Structural Steel. Photo: PEO ACWA/Creative Commons

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Next year's specification open for comments until Sept. 21

North American Passive House Network e-book explains Passivhaus, net-zero techniques

Courtland Place Passive House in Washington. Photo: Rob Harrison/Creative Commons

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Free guide includes spotlight on individual projects

Newly formed group challenges Florida building code

Tampa's T. C. Taliaferro House. Photo: Ebyabe/Wikimedia Commons

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Window, door companies oppose provisions that raise costs

New Orleans becoming a model for climate resilience only 10 years after Katrina

Skyline of New Orleans

August 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city has moved ahead with resilience strategies that may become a model for other communities...

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Photo: RiverView Condominiums and Townhomes in Chicago, Jeramey Jannene/Creative Commons

August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bill would have made it harder to sue for building flaws

Post-Katrina roofing codes creating more resilient buildings on Gulf Coast

Photo: New Orleans in 2005/Wikimedia Commons

August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Ten years after storm, notable progress on stronger roofs, IBHS says

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers plan to strengthen codes for disaster resilience

Photo: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, accarrino/Creative Commons

August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Some states losing ground on resilience, group says

After disease outbreak, ASHRAE legionella standard adopted in New York

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August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City Council acts after 12 die of legionellosis

Research indicates major earthquake looming for Pacific Northwest

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August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Most structures built before seismic codes instituted; extreme damage predicted

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

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August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York City may allow affordable housing developers to ‘double dip’ in subsidies

L.A. considers controversial traffic calming measures

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August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to encourage alternative transportation

Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

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August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is common way to describe, manage, communicate about electrical energy consumptions, forecas...

AAMA updates methods for testing of exterior walls

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August 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard specifies test methods, specifications, and field checks to evaluate structural adeq...

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