Codes and Standards
The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association published the first environmental product declaration. Image: Pixabay
Benchmarks impacts of seven PVC pipe products across their life cycles.
A new standard from ASHRAE allows a test method for determining heat gains from office equipment. Image: Pixabay/PublicDomainPictures
The standard will aid engineers in configuring cooling systems in office buildings.
The Design-Build Institute of America released a full set of bonds for design-build projects. Image: Pixabay/jingoba
The documents are the first of their kind to be coauthored by designers and builders.
Much of the damage caused by the earthquake in Nepal was due to the poor implementation of building codes. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Nepal’s code author says destruction was ‘inevitable.’
New York City is reconsidering its policy on megatowers as residential buildings grow taller. Image: Pixabay
New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston among cities grappling with height regulati...read more
Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects passed in West Virginia and Nevada, with more coming up for a vote in other states. Image: Pixabay
Anti-prevailing wage bills that apply to state-funded construction projects have been passed in W...read more
People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions, and asphyxiation. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash
The agency says the rule will protect about 800 workers a year from serious injury.
A bill that would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders was defeated in the Colorado House of Representatives. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash
The legislation would have made it harder for condo owners to sue builders.
Tenant Star encourages tenants, who, in some buildings, consume more than half of the power used by the building, to take measures to save energy. Image: Pixabay/Unsplash
The voluntary program for commercial and government buildings is modeled after Energy Star.
States will be required to evaluate the risks of climate change before being granted access to disaster relief funds. Image: Pixabay/Antranias
The aim is for states to do a better job planning for natural disasters they are likely to face i...read more
DOE’s RFI wants input on how to improve methodology on cost assessment.
The state first approved design-build in 2011, and has entered into dozens of design-build contracts in the interim. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Five state agencies are allowed to use design-build on certain projects.
The Construction Industry Safety Coalition will cost the industry $5 billion per year. Image: Morgue File/PenMac
The coalition says that OSHA’s flawed cost estimates point to flaws in the rule, and has urged th...read more
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The comment period is open until May 29.
GBCI is the only group to administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for the LEED system. Image: Wikimedia Commons
The name change reflects the organization’s expanded certification and credentialing services....
Before the rule, micro-apartments were gaining popularity especially among young renters. Image: Museum of the City of New York
Seattle’s city planner recently said that the council’s new rules have made small apartments more...read more
The U.S. Energy Department launched the new version of Building Energy Data Exchange Speficiation. Image: Morgue File/DuBoix
BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy...read more
New York is the most walkable city in the U.S. Image: Redfin
Revitalization pushes Detroit and New Orleans up the rankings
This move means that projects achieving the energy and water requirements in Living Building Chal...read more
Rookery Building, Chicago. Photo: Velvet via Wikimedia Commons
New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments in New York are writing rules to g...read more
An aerial view of the California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing west of Tracy. Photo: Ikluft via Wikimedia Commons
California is the first state to adopt standards that are more efficient than those set by EPA's...read more
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Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, acc...read more
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Nine design and construction associations ask for assurance that funds available for additional w...read more
MIT's Media Laboratory and expansion under construction. Photo: Madcoverboy via Wikimedia Commons
The guidelines are aimed at strengthening and streamlining commercial building workforce training...read more
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Georgia's state legislature is considering a measure to require all state buildings to only use g...read more
The report, “Spending Through the Roof,” says that apartment building owners pay an average of $3,400 a year to replace heat lost through the roof. In taller buildings, the cost can be more than $20,000 a year. Illustration: Urban Green Council
A typical New York apartment building loses thousands of dollars worth of energy every year from...read more
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
Sustainable design has proven benefits, so why isn’t it more widely adopted?
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
The court said the state’s affordable housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively tr...read more
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The standard includes avoiding large chunks of transparent or reflective glass and adding frittin...
Net zero office building prototype. Rendering courtesy HOK via Wikimedia Commons
The organization is offering technical assistance along with financial benefits.