Codes and Standards
In an effort to balance security and fire safety features within codes, standards and planning, N...read more
NFPA life safety engineer Ron Coté settles the debate over second egress doors and exit signs....
The technical committees responsible for NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, have been lo...read more
The Steel Framing Alliance updated its "Thermal Design and Code Compliance for Cold-Formed Steel Walls" design guide. Image: Pixabay
Includes results of new tests and addresses IECC and ASHRAE compliance paths.
A current proposal would assess the fee at 1% of the construction cost. Image: Pixabay
The fee would apply to new construction or alteration of nonresidential buildings of at least 20,...read more
Provides owners and others with factors to consider when choosing the best method of delivery for...read more
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This quirky-sounding building code is a safety measure for the earthquake-prone nation.
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The guide advises employers to allow employees to use restrooms that correspond to their gender i...read more
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The guide includes forms to support a two- to four-hour workshop to help an owner select the most...read more
Shifting to a greater focus on building performance across the facility life-cycle is a more cost-effective and efficient way to achieve high-performance buildings. Photo: Flickr
The idea of applying the P3 concept more to buildings, and especially building performance, is a...read more
Ezekiel W. Cullen Building at the University of Houston. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for co...read more
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The new handbook demonstrates methodologies using real data from New York City.
The Mississippi River in Hennepin County, Minn. Photo: Bjoertvedt/Wikimedia Commons
EPA and Corps of Engineers rule may lead to a longer, more expensive permitting process
Many construction contracts now require environmental insurance. Image: Pixabay
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is paying closer attention to intrusion of potentially h...read more
Some say that many governments in the Minneapolis metro area don't enforce building codes, which may have been the cause of a roof collapse at an indoor water park in the state. Image: Pixabay/jarmoluk
Rural areas say they can’t afford to enforce state-adopted building code.
Builders, farmers, and others had objected to the rule, saying the proposed definition would force landowners to get federal permits before they could work around them. Image: Pixabay/falco
Construction industry officials said the rule would hamper developers, cost jobs.
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.