Codes and Standards
Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Alan PARKER/Creative Commons.
Applies to structures larger than 7,000 sf.
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Commercial buildings the focus of recent code initiatives.
Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.
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Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Robert Linsdell/Creative Commons
Includes financial incentives to retrofit buildings.
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More reliable data needed for optimal results from the technology.
Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.
Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.
Asphalt shingles. Photo: TriviaKing/Wikimedia Commons.
Technical manual provides best practices for roofing professionals.
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Would apply to sites of one or more acres.
Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.
Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.
Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Creative Commons.
Los Angeles requires seismic retrofits, but other cities do not.
Flooding in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy in late 2012. New legislation would allow private carriers to offer flood insurance. Image: Jean-Paul Picard/Fund for a Better Waterfront.org
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Apple's new campus. Rendering courtesy City of Cupertino
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One example: Gilbane encourages safety harnesses for all working above 6 feet.
Colorado Springs, Colo. Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.
Focus is on equity, resilience, and climate protection.
Melbourne (Fla.) High School. Photo: Scapler/Wikimedia Commons.
Critics fear rules will hamper ability to build schools with desired features.
Flooding in Hartford, Conn., in 2007. Photo: billandkent/Creative Commons.
Expected more frequent severe weather events due to climate change prompts review.
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Construction industry workers considered at high risk.
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ASHRAE’s prescription cuts across all building types and climates.
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Expensive upgrades can be postponed for several years.
San Francisco. Photo: Jeremy Brooks/Creative Commons.
Pertains to commercial and residential buildings shorter than 10 stories.
Built on a industrial brownfield, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a SITES project. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.
Federal agency will use for properties with and without buildings.
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American Wood Council Document offers design information for structural applications.
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Becomes effective April 26.
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.
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EDF and PG&E team up on interest-free loans for qualified projects.
Historic buildings in Milwaukee. Photo: Ian Freimuth/Creative Commons.
Designed to balance with preservation requirements.
Guelph, Ontario. Photo: TheGiantVermin/Wikimedia Commons.
Guelph, Ontario, will pay a $1,125 fine to the province.
Cite concerns about technological and economic feasibility.
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New requirements went into effect April 8.
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Illegal wood is primary target to restrict illicit material in the supply chain.