Codes and Standards

Energy Department partnership with CoStar Group will study sustainability impact on property valuation

Photo: Michael Linden/Creative Commons.

June 30, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Database will offer rich data set on energy-efficient buildings in the U.S.

 

Chicago contractor found guilty of fraud on city’s requirement on minority-owned businesses

Construction in Chicago. Photo: Paul Morgan/Creative Commons.

June 30, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Alleged to have been sham business in bid to win city public works contract.

 

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June 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New studies indicate significant number of construction workers suffer hearing loss.

 

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June 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected to improve consistency of risk evaluation on commercial real estate transactions.

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Feds publish framework for evaluating public-private partnerships

A 371,160-sf office building in Frankfort, Ky., is being constructed through a public-private-partnership. Photo: Steve Beshear/Creative Commons.

June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

No single factor determines whether a project yields stronger benefit as a P3.

 

Driverless cars could soon start impacting commercial, retail project design

Nissan driverless car. Photo: Charly W. Karl/Creative Commons.

June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Offsite parking and more space for valet parking lines are among the foreseeable changes.

Boston's Logan Airport. Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

June 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Massport’s guidelines a step forward for integrated BIM initiative.

 

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

San Francisco. Photo: Tony Webster/Creative Commons.

June 14, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics charge that the measure may backfire and actually reduce new affordable units.

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American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

Shotcrete. Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikimedia Commons.

June 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contibuting Editor

Includes information on application procedures, testing.

 

Misuse of USB ports is one of the major health technology hazards of 2016. Photo: Aidan C. Siegel/Wikimedia Commons.

June 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ECRI Institute’s annual list includes operational and workflow issues.

 

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June 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Unanimous decision allows landowners to take regulatory decisions straight to court.

Certification programs have only scratched the surface of assessing the performance of existing buildings. A new certification program, BREEAM USA, hopes to change that by making it easier for owners and managers to find out where their buildings stand and how they can make improvements. Image: Pixabay

June 08, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry....

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TD Bank Group's renovated Toronto office is first WELL-Certified project under WELL v1

TD Bank Tower and TD North Tower. Photo: John Vetterli/Wikimedia Commons

June 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The newly renovated 25,000-sf space achieved gold-level status.

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June 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New curing monitoring techniques included.

 

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June 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Energy modeling is a ‘no-brainer—like checking MPG on a car’

USGBC offers new LEED pilot credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment

Construction in Asbury Park, N.J. Photo: Jazz Guy/Creative Commons.

June 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For assessing human health-related exposure scenarios for construction products.

Federal agencies boost standards for more resilient construction

Flooding in Houston in April 2016. Photo: meltedplastic/Creative Commons.

June 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

HUD, FEMA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers make policy changes.

 

 

Miami Beach requires developers to meet green standards or pay a fee

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Alan PARKER/Creative Commons.

May 31, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to structures larger than 7,000 sf.

 

Better enforcement needed for successful implementation of energy efficiency policies

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May 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Commercial buildings the focus of recent code initiatives.

 

LEED Dynamic is worth the effort, says commercial real estate executive

Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

May 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

San Diego office tower is California’s first office building to receive LEED Dynamic plaque in re...

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Ontario planning to spend $7-billion on wide-ranging climate change plan

Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Robert Linsdell/Creative Commons

May 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes financial incentives to retrofit buildings.

 

Facility managers say Internet of Things, analytics will impact maintenance soon

Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

May 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More reliable data needed for optimal results from the technology.

 

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.

May 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.

 

Asphalt roofing group publishes updated shingle installation guide

Asphalt shingles. Photo: TriviaKing/Wikimedia Commons.

May 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Technical manual provides best practices for roofing professionals.

 

EPA proposes new stormwater discharge regulations for construction sites

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May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would apply to sites of one or more acres.

 

New guide focused on increasing energy and structural performance with raised-heel trusses

Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.

May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.

 

Current California seismic codes provide safety, resiliency, but needed upgrades present challenge

Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Creative Commons.

May 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Los Angeles requires seismic retrofits, but other cities do not.

 

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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Apple's new campus. Rendering courtesy City of Cupertino

May 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus project prompts questions about whether the company should pay mor...

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Safety Stand-Down yields proposals to boost construction safety

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May 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

One example: Gilbane encourages safety harnesses for all working above 6 feet.

 

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