Codes and Standards

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

CDC Public Health Image Library/Wikimedia Commons

August 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

City Council acts after 12 die of legionellosis

Research indicates major earthquake looming for Pacific Northwest

Photo: Bob Heims/Wikimedia Commons

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

Photo: JGKlein/Wikimedia Commons

August 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to encourage alternative transportation

Proposed facility smart grid standard open for public review

Photo: Chris Hunkeler/Creative Commons

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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Women wear lighter clothing in summer, so are cooler in air-conditioned rooms

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August 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Women wear lighter clothing in the summer, so they tend to be cooler in air-conditioned rooms, ac...

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ConsensusDocs releases new CM agency contract standard agreement

Photo: stux/Pixabay

August 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For use when owner acts as the construction manager, hires a construction manager, or uses multip...

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AIA, International Code Council reach collaborative agreement on building codes

Among the common objectives under the five-year pact are model code development and education and training.

July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The deal covers a wide range of initiatives, including code development, compliance, and sustaina...

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Report offers urban design recommendations for healthier cities, fewer traffic fatalities

Photo: Andre Carrotflower, Wikimedia Commons

July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides concepts for creating safer streets

2015 gypsum fire resistance design manual released

Photo courtesy of the Gypsum Association

July 31, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The 2015 edition contains nearly 100 new systems that supplement existing assemblies for walls an...

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New York City changing zoning rules to reduce shadows cast by high rises

Photo: Greg Knapp, Creative Commons

July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For decades, the New York City’s zoning rules have made it hard to construct high-rise buildings...

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ICC, ASHRAE outline roles to consolidate IgCC and 189.1

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July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

"IgCC Powered by 189.1” will provide the design and construction industry with “the single, most-...

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Tennessee county considers local worker requirement on construction projects

Photo: Nashville skyline, Kyle Simourd, Creative Commons

July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A proposed amendment to the charter governing Nashville and Davidson County would mandate that 40...

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New guide for installation of mineral fiber pipe insulation on chilled water systems

Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons

July 27, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developed for professional insulation contractors, the 36-page guide recommends methods for insul...

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NASA: U.S. headed for worst droughts in a millennium

Aerial photo of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing, just east of Interstate 580 junction. Photo: Kluft via Wikimedia Commons

July 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Data from NASA shows carbon emissions could be the driving force behind devastating water shortag...

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Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

Photo: Stevens Community Apartments in Minneapolis. Michael Hicks, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept pla...

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Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

Photo: Berkeley City Hall. Almonroth, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...

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Oregon to spend $300 million for seismic updates on public buildings

Photo: Oreogn State Capitol building. M.O. Stevens, Wikimedia Commons.

July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...

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Office of Management and Budget asks agencies to consider climate change when budgeting for construction and maintenance projects

San Francisco United States Federal Building. Eric in SF via Wikimedia Commons

July 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is asking agencies to submit budget...

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White paper explores low-flow toilets’ impact on drain lines

Photo: Sloan Valve

July 12, 2015 | Contributing Editors

The research found that certain variables: toilet paper—along with the pipe slope and flush volum...

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