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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.

First EPD covering PVC water and wastewater piping published

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association published the first environmental product declaration. Image: Pixabay

May 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benchmarks impacts of seven PVC pipe products across their life cycles.

New ASHRAE standard offers test method to determine heat gain of office equipment

A new standard from ASHRAE allows a test method for determining heat gains from office equipment. Image: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures

May 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard will aid engineers in configuring cooling systems in office buildings.

Widespread damage from Nepal earthquake due to poor implementation of building code

Much of the damage caused by the earthquake in Nepal was due to the poor implementation of building codes. Image: Wikimedia Commons

May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Nepal’s code author says destruction was ‘inevitable.’

Lavish residential skyscrapers prompt concern over shadows

New York City is reconsidering its policy on megatowers as residential buildings grow taller. Image: Pixabay

May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston among cities grappling with height regulati...

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Several states moving to repeal prevailing wage laws

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects passed in West Virginia and Nevada, with more coming up for a vote in other states. Image: Pixabay

May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects have been passed in W...

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New OSHA rule aimed at protecting construction workers in confined spaces

People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 07, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The agency says the rule will protect about 800 workers a year from serious injury.

Colorado House kills construction defects bill

A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.

New energy efficiency program, Tenant Star, gets OK from Congress

Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.

FEMA to require states to evaluate risks posed by climate change

States will be required to evaluate the risks of climate change before being granted access to disaster relief funds. Image: Pixabay/Antranias

May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is for states to do a better job planning for natural disasters they are likely to face i...

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Department of Energy asks for feedback on cost-effectiveness of building energy codes

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May 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

DOE’s RFI wants input on how to improve methodology on cost assessment.

New York State renews design-build authority

The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.

OSHA’s estimated cost of silica rule said to underestimate impact by $4.5 billion annually

The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged th...

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2016 Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings draft available for public review

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April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The comment period is open until May 29.

GBCI renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons

April 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services....

Seattle’s size restriction on micro apartments blamed for rise in rents

Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York

April 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...

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