Certification programs have only scratched the surface of assessing the performance of existing buildings. A new certification program, BREEAM USA, hopes to change that by making it easier for owners and managers to find out where their buildings stand and how they can make improvements. Image: Pixabay
BREEAM USA, an offshoot of a program already in place in Europe, aims to ease the point of entry....read more
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The standard requires federal agencies to use earthquake-resistant design provisions in current b...read more
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Highest number of fatalities since 2008
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The city cut the number of spots required for large developments by half. It also will accept pla...read more
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Apartment building balconies will be subject to inspections every three years under new regulatio...read more
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A survey found that more than 1,000 Oregon school buildings face a high risk of collapse during e...read more
A new order was issued that requires Maryland's Prince George's County to clean up Chesapeak Bay. Image: Pixabay
Over the next 10 years, the county must convert 15,000 acres of watertight surfaces—almost 5% of...read more
A bill to give height and denisty bonuses to developers was introduced to the Philadelphia City Council. Image: Pixabay
Developers could be allowed additional height, floor area on projects that meet benchmarks.
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More birds die from colliding with buildings at Duke than on any other campus in a 45-school surv...read more
The fatal accident in Berkeley, Calif., has led to a call for the review of codes and standards regarding balconies. Image: Pixabay
Dry rot and too much weight appear to be the causes of a fatal accident at an eight-year-old buil...read more
The guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame building...read more
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.
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.
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