Codes and Standards

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.

 

This webinar explores bathroom design trends in multifamily and commercial applications and offers solutions to design challenges such as meeting accessibility guidelines and complying with codes. Click here to view the webinar now!

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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.

 

Economists, energy efficiency practitioners need to work together for better cost/benefit studies

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February 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Flawed energy efficiency research yields misleading, confusing results.

New York City implements new crane safety plan following deadly accident

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The plan includes restrictions on crawler cranes during windy conditions.

Obama establishes federal earthquake risk management standard

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February 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The standard requires federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant design provisions in current b...

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ISO releases national assessment and state-by-state building codes evaluation

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report covers 87% of U.S. population.

 

Huge fraud case involving alleged engineering impostors uncovered in California

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February 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Hundreds of buildings may have to be demolished.

 

New York governor makes emergency design-build authorization

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February 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The declaration was issued in response to Winter Storm Jonas which dumped over 18 inches of snow...

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A giant proposed casino-hotel in Everett, Mass., will include 600-plus rooms, six restaurants, and a 20-foot-wide harborwalk along the Mystic River. The resort is scheduled to open in 2018. Rendering: Wynn Resorts

January 30, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A judge’s ruling last year paved the way for Wynn Resorts to begin construction on a 33-acre gamb...

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USGBC names top 10 states for LEED green building

American Technical Publishers in Orland Park, Ill., a LEED Gold-certified building. Photo: American Technical Publishers/Wikimedia Commons

 

January 29, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Illinois leads the list for the third straight year.

Dept. of Energy releases decision guides for plug and process loads

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January 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Plug and process loads consume about 30% of the primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings today...

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The documents serve as a comprehensive revision of previous IPD agreement

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The calculator breaks down the cost-effectiveness of energy codes on a state-by-state basis.

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The free document is specifically tailored for metal roof installation.

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January 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The move is expected to impact high-end condo development.

LEED credits on resiliency expected to influence future of building design

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January 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Post-disaster survivability is a key goal.

Batteries are the next step in raising sustainability standards

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January 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Battery technology will reduce electricity costs and promote a more stable, flexible grid.

January 05, 2016 |

RICS - the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors - will hold its fourth annual Summit of the Ame...

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Denver broadens its use of design reviews as construction booms

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January 04, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Support strong, but some wary of giving more say to review boards.

 

International Code Council approves updates based on NIST study of Joplin, Mo. tornado

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December 23, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Applies to schools and other high occupancy buildings.

Changing building codes to protect against mass shootings at odds with other safety measures

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December 21, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fire and other emergencies require getting people out quickly, not locking down sections.

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