Codes and Standards

6 myths holding back green building

1225 Connecticut Avenue NW is an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1968, with a $32 million renovation in 2009 by Brookfield Properties and RTKL Associates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?

New Jersey Supreme Court puts control of affordable housing agency in the courts

The ruling comes after a decade of litigation over the agency's proposed rules to determine municipalities' housing obligations for low- and moderate-income residents. Photo: Rgkleit via Wikimedia Commons

March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...

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San Jose adopts bird-friendly building standard

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March 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding frittin...

Energy Trust of Oregon offers financial incentives for net-zero buildings

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March 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.

Real estate interests push Congress for Census funding

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March 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The groups have joined forces to urge Congress to fully fund the 2020 Census and the annual Ameri...

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Charlotte, N.C., considers rule for gender-neutral public bathrooms

The proposal is a compromise on another plan that would allow transgender people to use either the women’s or men’s room. Image via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A few other cities, including Philadelphia, Austin, Texas, and Washington D.C., already have gend...

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FEMA cuts off funding to Indiana after Kokomo continues building stadium in flood zone

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March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

FEMA will withhold funding on $5.5 million worth of projects such as building tornado safe rooms...

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Construction problems at prison spur support to quash non-traditional project delivery in Iowa

The state university system would be one of the entities most impacted by changes to state law on project delivery. Photo: via Pixabay

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Iowa lawmakers are investigating construction problems at the Fort Madison prison project and are...

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AEC industry groups look to harmonize green building standards, codes

The groups say the effort should encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture via Wikimedia Commons

March 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The USGBC, ASHRAE, ICC, IES, and AIA are collaborating on a single green code.

Nevada moves to suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Nevada Senate approved a bill that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school projects....

Proposed energy standard for data centers, telecom buildings open for public comment

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March 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The intent of ASHRAE Standard 90.4P is to create a performance-based approach that would be more...

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Louisiana officials critical of stricter building standards in flood-prone areas

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February 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Buildings would have to be built either two or three feet above the base flood elevation for a 10...

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Buildings with rocking steel-braced frames are advantageous in earthquakes

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Research at Case Western Reserve University has found that buildings that rock during an earthqua...

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USGBC concerned about developers using LEED registration in marketing

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February 18, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

LEED administrators are concerned about a small group of developers or project owners who tout th...

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ASHRAE, USGBC, IES consider biomass requirements in green building standard

The proposal defines biomass as organic material, such as wood and crop waste, that can be burned to generate thermal energy. Photo: Kapilbutani via Wikimedia Commons

February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proposal would add biomass to approved renewables.

New Appraisal Institute form aids in analysis of green commercial building features

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February 12, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Institute’s Commercial Green and Energy Efficient Addendum offers a communication tool that l...

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ASHRAE, IAQA approve consolidation

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February 08, 2015 | ASHRAE

Under the consolidation, IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its...

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Obama executive order requires federal construction projects to consider flood damage caused by climate change

The standard would make large tracts of low-lying land off limits for construction with federal funds. Photo: Craig Dietrich via Wikimedia Commons 

February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

To meet the new standard, builders must build two feet above the currently projected elevation fo...

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ASHRAE, REHVA publish guide to chilled beam systems

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February 06, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide provides tools and advice for designing, commissioning, and operating chilled-beam syst...

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February 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

New York enacted a law that could make firefighting a bit safer by mandating property owners info...

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AGC working with EPA on website to help with environmental rule compliance

As part of the partnership, the construction association will help finance upgrades to a website. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

February 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The goal is for the site to be improved to make it easier for construction contractors to learn h...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

In sharp contrast to most suburban communities in the Washington, D.C. area, Bethesda, Md., stand...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

As of Jan. 1, all employers under the jurisdiction of OSHA are required to report all work-relate...

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January 14, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

An Illinois law took effect on Jan. 1 that requires all new and remodeled schools to have storm s...

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Gundersen's 500,000-sf expansion will features a geothermal system. Rendering: A
January 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Gundersen Health System, a network of hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes in Wisconsin,...

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January 08, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Insurance industry experts say without federal terrorism reinsurance in place for 2015, resulting...

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The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to
December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The app called Permit Finder could free city employees from having to respond to the 30 to 40 per...

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December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal contractors may be subject to several new rules in 2015 that impact how they are selected...

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December 22, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editors

The $1.1 trillion funding bill for fiscal year 2015 approved by Congress makes deep cuts in some...

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December 16, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The ambitious program would focus on some apartment buildings built before 1978 and concrete buil...

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