Codes and Standards

Risk of man-made earthquakes now factor in seismic hazard analysis

Water tanks preparing for fracking. Photo: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons.

July 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Significant risk increases seen in some areas of the U.S.

 

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

Flooding in New York City during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.

July 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Continued waterfront development may be regretted later this century.

 

New Miami Beach law requires LEED certification on projects larger than 7,000 sf

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons.

July 26, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED Silver the prescribed standard on buildings larger than 50,000 sf.

New Michigan law provides local governments with flexible energy conservation financing

State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. Photo: OZinOH/Creative Commons.

July 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Allows cities to fund projects without adding debt.

 

Construction in New York City. Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman/Creative Commons.

July 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

‘Sick and tired’ of lawbreaking contractors defining public perception.

 

Welding has begun on a 70-story-tall office and residential tower in earthquake prone San Franciso that claims it can resist a 500-year earthquake, and be back in full operation within a month after a catastrophic event. Image: Courtesy of 181 Fremont

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A megabrace is a key seismic component at 181 Fremont, with offices, residences, and retail space...

Portland, Ore. Photo: Holly Hayes/Creative Commons.

July 14, 2016 | Peter Fabrid, Contributing Editor

Expected to raise $8 million annually on commercial and residential projects.

 

FAA issues final rule on commercial use of drones

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July 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule covers commercial uses for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds, and it takes effect Au...

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OSHA raises maximum civil penalties by 78%

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July 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to infractions that occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.

 

Construction in Tempe, Ariz. Photo: lunita lu/Creative Commons.

July 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Legislature accused of ignoring 1994 ruling ordering state to pick up some of the costs.

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World Green Building Council sets goal of 100% net-zero buildings by 2050

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's new green facility. Photo: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center/Creative Commons.

July 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

All new buildings and major renovations to be net-zero by 2030.

 

Room available through Airbnb. Photo: Geremy F/Creative Commons

July 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Allegedly removing thousands of housing units from market, driving up rents.

Photo: Paul Miller/Creative Commons.

July 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Zoning, property rights, building codes all could be re-imagined.

 

U.S. healthcare system’s GHG emissions rise 30% in past decade

Photo: Gerald Simmons/Creative Commons.

July 06, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

If U.S. healthcare were a country, it would rank 13th in GHG emissions.

 

State legislature fails to pass law to extend design-build for New York City projects

Photo: Thomas Hawk/Creative Commons.

July 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would have allowed five city agencies to use alternate delivery method.

 

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’

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