Codes and Standards

OSHA issues advisory to protect workers from Zika virus

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April 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry workers considered at high risk.

 

Using 30 energy saving measures can cut energy use nearly in half

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April 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ASHRAE’s prescription cuts across all building types and climates.

 

Florida gives developers more time to install first responder radio signal systems

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April 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expensive upgrades can be postponed for several years.

 

San Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildingsSan Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildings

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April 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pertains to commercial and residential buildings shorter than 10 stories.

 

GSA adopts SITES land development and management rating system

Built on a industrial brownfield, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a SITES project. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

April 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal agency will use for properties with and without buildings.

 

Revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction available

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April 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Wood Council Document offers design information for structural applications.

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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April 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Becomes effective April 26.

 

All Stor Self Storage, a year-old self-storage facility with 600 units in Austin, Texas, is located near one of that city's largest subdivisions. Its design needed to blend in with its residential surroundings. Image: Preferred Self Storage Builders. 

April 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Self-storage facilities are blending into neighborhoods better, and competing for rentals from wo...

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Efficiency finance pilot project to spur retrofits on existing buildings

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April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

EDF and PG&E team up on interest-free loans for qualified projects.

 

ASHRAE releases proposed energy standard for historic buildings

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April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Designed to balance with preservation requirements.

 

Canadian city fines itself for failing to get a building permit for building renovation

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April 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guelph, Ontario, will pay a $1,125 fine to the province.

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April 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cite concerns about technological and economic feasibility.

New LEED 2009 projects will have to meet increased minimum energy performance

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April 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New requirements went into effect April 8.

New LEED Pilot ACP designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials

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April 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Illegal wood is primary target to restrict illicit material in the supply chain.

 

Lighting requirements for high-rise dwellings proposed for energy standard

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April 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The requirements would effectively eliminate incandescent and halogen bulbs.

AISI publishes Cold-Formed Steel Framing Design Guide, 2016 Edition

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April 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Updates 2007 edition; includes five comprehensive design examples.

 

ASHRAE publication on impact of IT equipment on data center design released

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April 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The book offers advice for designing structures in the fast-changing data center industry.

Occupant egress simulations that impact codes fall short, researchers say

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March 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Building evacuations in emergencies are too dangerous as a result.

 

National report on school buildings reports $46 billion annual funding shortfall

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March 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Millions of students said to be learning in obsolete facilities.

 

ASHRAE grants fund human thermal comfort database project

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March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Aim is to help better understand thermal comfort in residential and commercial buildings.

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OSHA finalizes new silica dust regulations

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March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry has until June 2017 to comply.

 

APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

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March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Provides recommendations on engineered wood construction systems.

Affordable housing advocates differ on micro-apartment policy

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March 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New York’s luxury micro units could be first step to developing affordable units.

 

GRESB launches Health and Well-being Module for real estate industry

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March 21, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Optional supplement to environmental, social, and governance assessment.

 

ASHRAE funds efficiency projects including aerial vehicle for energy audits

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March 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Undergraduates at 24 universities awarded grants.

 

New York City releases Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles

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March 17, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Addresses sustainability, resiliency, healthy living.

 

Nevada utility regulations hampering growth of solar energy

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March 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Conflict between energy-hungry casinos and utilities highlights challenges of burgeoning solar el...

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U.S. Supreme Court lets San Jose affordable housing law stand

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March 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Law attempts to alleviate Silicon Valley’s high housing costs.

 

WELL standard offers multiple benefits for owners, says real estate executive

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March 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Could be a recruiting tool for occupant companies.

 

China bans ‘weird’ public architecture, gated communities

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March 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Directs designers of public buildings to focus on functionality.

 

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