Codes and Standards

Better enforcement needed for successful implementation of energy efficiency policies

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May 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Commercial buildings the focus of recent code initiatives.

 

LEED Dynamic is worth the effort, says commercial real estate executive

Symphony Tower in San Diego. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

May 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

San Diego office tower is California’s first office building to receive LEED Dynamic plaque in re...

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Ontario planning to spend $7-billion on wide-ranging climate change plan

Mississauga, Ontario. Photo: Robert Linsdell/Creative Commons

May 24, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Includes financial incentives to retrofit buildings.

 

Facility managers say Internet of Things, analytics will impact maintenance soon

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May 23, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

More reliable data needed for optimal results from the technology.

 

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

Bamboo used as scaffolding. Photo: Andy McDowall/Creative Commons.

May 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Benefits include seismic resiliency and sustainability.

 

Asphalt roofing group publishes updated shingle installation guide

Asphalt shingles. Photo: TriviaKing/Wikimedia Commons.

May 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Technical manual provides best practices for roofing professionals.

 

EPA proposes new stormwater discharge regulations for construction sites

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May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Would apply to sites of one or more acres.

 

New guide focused on increasing energy and structural performance with raised-heel trusses

Raised-heel truss. Photo courtesy APA.

May 16, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Higher trusses simplify attic ventilation, leave more space for insulation.

 

Current California seismic codes provide safety, resiliency, but needed upgrades present challenge

Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Kevin Stanchfield/Creative Commons.

May 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

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

May 11, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Thanks to new floodplain maps, this market, previously the sole province of a federal program, lo...

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Apple's new campus. Rendering courtesy City of Cupertino

May 10, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus project prompts questions about whether the company should pay mor...

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Safety Stand-Down yields proposals to boost construction safety

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May 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

One example: Gilbane encourages safety harnesses for all working above 6 feet.

 

EcoDistricts unveils sustainable neighborhood framework

Colorado Springs, Colo. Photo: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.

May 09, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Focus is on equity, resilience, and climate protection.

 

Florida clamps down on school construction spending

Melbourne (Fla.) High School. Photo: Scapler/Wikimedia Commons.

May 03, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Critics fear rules will hamper ability to build schools with desired features.

 

Connecticut to develop new code standards for resiliency

Flooding in Hartford, Conn., in 2007. Photo: billandkent/Creative Commons.

May 02, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expected more frequent severe weather events due to climate change prompts review.

 

OSHA issues advisory to protect workers from Zika virus

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April 29, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry workers considered at high risk.

 

Using 30 energy saving measures can cut energy use nearly in half

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April 28, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ASHRAE’s prescription cuts across all building types and climates.

 

Florida gives developers more time to install first responder radio signal systems

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April 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Expensive upgrades can be postponed for several years.

 

San Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildingsSan Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco. Photo: Jeremy Brooks/Creative Commons.

April 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Pertains to commercial and residential buildings shorter than 10 stories.

 

GSA adopts SITES land development and management rating system

Built on a industrial brownfield, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is a SITES project. Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons.

April 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Federal agency will use for properties with and without buildings.

 

Revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction available

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April 22, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

American Wood Council Document offers design information for structural applications.

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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April 20, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

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. 

April 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Self-storage facilities are blending into neighborhoods better, and competing for rentals from wo...

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Efficiency finance pilot project to spur retrofits on existing buildings

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April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

EDF and PG&E team up on interest-free loans for qualified projects.

 

ASHRAE releases proposed energy standard for historic buildings

Historic buildings in Milwaukee. Photo: Ian Freimuth/Creative Commons.

April 18, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Designed to balance with preservation requirements.

 

Canadian city fines itself for failing to get a building permit for building renovation

Guelph, Ontario. Photo: TheGiantVermin/Wikimedia Commons.

April 13, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guelph, Ontario, will pay a $1,125 fine to the province.

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April 12, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Cite concerns about technological and economic feasibility.

New LEED 2009 projects will have to meet increased minimum energy performance

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April 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

New requirements went into effect April 8.

New LEED Pilot ACP designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials

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April 08, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Illegal wood is primary target to restrict illicit material in the supply chain.

 

Lighting requirements for high-rise dwellings proposed for energy standard

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April 05, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The requirements would effectively eliminate incandescent and halogen bulbs.

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