Codes and Standards

New York City implements new crane safety plan following deadly accident

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The plan includes restrictions on crawler cranes during windy conditions.

Obama establishes federal earthquake risk management standard

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard requires federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant design provisions in current b...

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ISO releases national assessment and state-by-state building codes evaluation

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report covers 87% of U.S. population.

 

Huge fraud case involving alleged engineering impostors uncovered in California

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Hundreds of buildings may have to be demolished.

 

New York governor makes emergency design-build authorization

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February 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The declaration was issued in response to Winter Storm Jonas which dumped over 18 inches of snow...

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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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USGBC names top 10 states for LEED green building

American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons

 

January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.

Dept. of Energy releases decision guides for plug and process loads

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January 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Plug and process loads consume about 30% of the primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings today...

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The documents serve as a comprehensive revision of previous IPD agreement

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The calculator breaks down the cost-effectiveness of energy codes on a state-by-state basis.

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The free document is specifically tailored for metal roof installation.

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The move is expected to impact high-end condo development.

LEED credits on resiliency expected to influence future of building design

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January 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Post-disaster survivability is a key goal.

Batteries are the next step in raising sustainability standards

Courtesy Tesla

January 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Battery technology will reduce electricity costs and promote a more stable, flexible grid.

January 05, 2016 |

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

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Denver broadens its use of design reviews as construction booms

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January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Support strong, but some wary of giving more say to review boards.

 

International Code Council approves updates based on NIST study of Joplin, Mo. tornado

Joplin, Mo., in 2011. Photo: twi$tbarbie/Creative Commons.

December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to schools and other high occupancy buildings.

Changing building codes to protect against mass shootings at odds with other safety measures

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December 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fire and other emergencies require getting people out quickly, not locking down sections.

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Codes should be updated to reflect lessons learned from recent extreme weather events

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December 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More can be done to boost resiliency to flooding, extended power outages.

Los Angeles launches ‘Drop 100′ campaign to reduce water use in commercial buildings

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December 13, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Goal is to save 100 million gallons annually.

More than 50 design, construction, and real estate firms urge action on climate change

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December 01, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Call for policymakers to move on one of the ‘greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century’...

Chicago suburb considers bird collision deterrent requirement on all new buildings

Highland Park, Ill., wants buildings have a bird “threat factor” of 15 or less.

October 26, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The rule would mandate that new commercial, multifamily structures comply with LEED pilot program...

Anchorage, Alaska, is considering the relaxation of parking and landscaping requirements and the height limits of tall buildings. Photo: Frank K./Wikimedia Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Controversial measure is part of plan to spur development.

The EPA had expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the act to include smaller streams and other bodies of water. Photo: GinaD/Wikimedia Commons.

October 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New EPA rule suspended until court cases settled.

New California law means commercial building benchmarking program will be implemented

Pioneer Building Loft Apartments in San Diego. The state's benchmarking program will be expanded to cover large multifamily housing. Photo: Joe Wolf/Creative Commons

October 09, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Multifamily housing to be included, a first for a U.S. state.

ASHRAE guideline

The step-by-step ASHRAE guideline process leads owners and facility managers through the steps of ensuring optimum effectiveness from their facility for the lowest investment.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focuses on optimum facility and system operation.

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September 25, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

State Supreme Court denies Navy contractor remedies in lawsuit

2014 construction deaths up 6% from 2013

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September 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Highest number of fatalities since 2008

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