Legislation

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September 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Missouri is the latest to enact design-build legislation.

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August 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The company used two minority firms as fronts in a nearly $1 billion scheme.

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August 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An assembly committee heard testimony on deadly balcony collapse that occurred last year.

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August 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A nine-month limit has been proposed for some $100 million-plus projects.

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August 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The orders come after a rise in the number of deadly accidents that have occurred in the past few...

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Flooding in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. New legislation would allow private carriers to offer flood insurance. Image: Jean-Paul Picard/Fund for a Better Waterfront.org

May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Thanks to new floodplain maps, this market, previously the sole province of a federal program, lo...

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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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January 05, 2016 |

RICS - the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - will hold its fourth annual Summit of the Ame...

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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

Bill aims to harmonize policy regarding federal, state marijuana laws

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September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would provide protection from federal prosecution for property owners

Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

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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

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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

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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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Maryland’s Prince George County turns to P3s to build green infrastructure

A new order was issued that requires Maryland's Prince George's County to clean up Chesapeak Bay. Image: Pixabay

June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Over the next 10 years, the county must convert 15,000 acres of watertight surfaces—almost 5% of...

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Philadelphia considers more incentives for green building

A bill to give height and denisty bonuses to developers was introduced to the Philadelphia City Council. Image: Pixabay

June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Developers could be allowed additional height, floor area on projects that meet benchmarks.

LEED building at Duke University may be retrofitted to prevent bird deaths

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June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More birds die from colliding with buildings at Duke than on any other campus in a 45-school surv...

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Balcony collapse in Berkeley, Calif., prompts an examination of codes

The fatal accident in Berkeley, Calif., has led to a call for the review of codes and standards regarding balconies. Image: Pixabay

June 24, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Dry rot and too much weight appear to be the causes of a fatal accident at an eight-year-old buil...

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Guides to wood construction in high wind areas updated

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame building...

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New document addresses school safety and security

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...

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Two myths regarding NFPA 101 Life Safety Code debunked

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs....

How to prevent corrosion in sprinkler system piping

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June 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been lo...

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Steel Framing Alliance updates ‘Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls’ design guide

The Steel Framing Alliance updated its "Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls" design guide. Image: Pixabay

June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes results of new tests and addresses IECC and ASHRAE compliance paths.

Helena, Montana, may charge commercial developers a fee to fund public art

A current proposal would assess the fee at 1% of the construction cost. Image: Pixabay

June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The fee would apply to new construction or alteration of nonresidential buildings of at least 20,...

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DBIA releases new document on choosing a project delivery method

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June 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides owners and others with factors to consider when choosing the best method of delivery for...

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June 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

This quirky-sounding building code is a safety measure for the earthquake-prone nation.

Rapid growth for environmental insurance in construction industry

Many construction contracts now require environmental insurance. Image: Pixabay

May 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is paying closer attention to intrusion of potentially h...

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Roof collapse at Minnesota water park highlights failure to enforce codes

Some say that many governments in the Minneapolis metro area don't enforce building codes, which may have been the cause of a roof collapse at an indoor water park in the state. Image: Pixabay/jarmoluk

May 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Rural areas say they can’t afford to enforce state-adopted building code.

U.S. House scuttles EPA plan to expand definition of waters in Clean Water Act

Builders, farmers, and others had objected to the rule, saying the proposed definition would force landowners to get federal permits before they could work around them. Image: Pixabay/falco

May 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry officials said the rule would hamper developers, cost jobs.

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