Codes and Standards
An aerial view of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy. Photo: Ikluft via Wikimedia Commons
California is the first state to adopt standards that are more efficient than those set by EPA's...read more
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Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, acc...read more
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Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional w...read more
MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons
The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training...read more
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Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use g...read more
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
A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from...read more
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
Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?
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
The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...read more
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The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding frittin...
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The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.
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The groups have joined forces to urge Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census and the annual Ameri...read more
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
A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...read more
Rendering: city of Kokomo, Ind.
FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...read more
The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay
Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...read more
The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons
The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.
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The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....
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The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...read more
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Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 10...read more
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Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthqua...read more
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LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...read more
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
The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.
Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons
The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...read more
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Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its...read more
The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons
To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...read more
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The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...read more
New York enacted a law that could make firefighting a bit safer by mandating property owners info...read more
As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...read more
In sharp contrast to most suburban communities in the Washington, D.C. area, Bethesda, Md., stand...read more
As of Jan. 1, all employers under the jurisdiction of OSHA are required to report all work-relate...read more
An Illinois law took effect on Jan. 1 that requires all new and remodeled schools to have storm s...read more