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New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

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

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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San Jose adopts bird-friendly building standard

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March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding frittin...

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons

March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Real estate interests push Congress for Census funding

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March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups have joined forces to urge Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census and the annual Ameri...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

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

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

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March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...

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Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...

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AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....

Louisiana officials critical of stricter building standards in flood-prone areas

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February 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 10...

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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

Hillsdale Library, Portland, Ore. Photo: M.O. Stevens via Wikimedia Commons

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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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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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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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 14, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is today focused on making new construction in China...

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November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Demountable structural steel assemblies would be a greener way to make use of steel in the constr...

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October 30, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The reorganized document is organized from an engineer’s perspective. The requirements flow more...

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The buildings design was made possible by Seattles Deep Green Pilot Program th
October 27, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Bullitt Center in Seattle, which some say is the world's most efficient office building is no...

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October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Labour announced that they will start using drones to help...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The California Energy Commission launched the upgrade process to Title 24, the state energy code,...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Urban Land Institute held brainstorming sessions over the last several months involving more...

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October 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Los Angeles reversed course last month on a regulation that had barred skyscrapers from having sl...

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September 23, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The report contains 12 case studies of cities around the world that have applied advanced flood m...

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