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Illinois law sets maximum retainage on private projects

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September 12, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The change is expected to give contractors bigger checks earlier in project timeline.

Retreat may be the best option for some coastal communities in face of sea level rise

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September 10, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A new study makes the case for relocating in a "strategic, managed" manner.

Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks

The Heights & Areas Calculator, developed by the International Code Council, the American Wood Council, and WoodWorks, is based on provisions in the 2006 to 2015 editions of the International Building Code.

   

September 09, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A free app that calculates the maximum allowable heights and areas for buildings of various occup...

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Standard for assessing frame deflection using one component polyurethane foams updated

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September 06, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard offers guidance when installing fenestration products.

The high cost of gridlock: $166 billion per year

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Growing economy means more jobs, more cars, more hours stuck in traffic.

Industry leaders ask for government help as trades shortage worsens

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

AGC asks for more funding for education and increased immigration to fill gaps.

Code-conforming wood design guide available

Photo: Tall wood building student residence currently under construction at UBC in Vancouver, B.C. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

  

August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The guide summarizes provisions for the use of wood and wood products in the 2018 IBC.

LEED Residential market up 19% since 2017

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August 29, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The U.S. Green Building Council says that the LEED residential market has grown 19% since 2017. N...

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Slower speed limits in urban areas offer multiple benefits

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Improved safety, better adoption of electric scooters and autonomous vehicles are possible if dri...

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Renewables creating significant savings for commercial and public facilities

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Payback ranges from five to 15 years.

Oregon rescinds tsunami-zone construction ban

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Other states have no ban, but have strengthened building codes for tidal wave resilience.

Pop-up parks revitalize empty lots

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August 27, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pop-up parks that provide instant open areas for public use and programming can revitalize under-...

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July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The move follows successful public input on LEED 4.1.

Lack of standards hampers development of exoskeleton industry

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July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guidelines, common terminology, and testing methodology are needed, says expert. 

July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Concrete Institute offers guidance on assessment, repair, rehab of existing concrete str...

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools releases 2019 Core Criteria Version 3.0 Update

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The update adds credits to lower carbon footprints and to promote climate change resiliency.

Campaign launched to promote ‘climate-smart wood’

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The Forest Stewardship Council and other groups aim to help buyers understand and make it easier...

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The walkability trend is spreading to urbanizing suburbs.

A proposed 21-story residential tower in Milwaukee, Wis., would be the tallest in the country if approved by the city. Image: Korb + Associates Architects

October 19, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The developer is confident that the city will approve construction, which is scheduled to start n...

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Silicon Valley cities considering taxes aimed at large employers

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May 30, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The aim is to offset the impact on housing costs and homelessness by tech companies.

The map includes easily accessible and detailed information on each of the nearly 34,000 historic buildings within the city’s 141 historic districts. 

December 21, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a new, enhanced version of its inter...

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August 24, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Vacuum dust collection, water-delivery systems, and respirators will be required.

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August 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The recent floods and wildfires in Alberta are being cited as proof.

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...

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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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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Minneapolis relaxes parking requirements on new multifamily buildings

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July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept pla...

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Berkeley, Calif., adopts balcony inspection program following deadly collapse

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July 16, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...

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