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Median size of house lots falls to record low

Photo: Sarah Miller/Creative Commons.

News
July 27, 2016

New England had the largest median lot size, while the West Coast had the smallest.

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

Flooding in Long Island during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: Dhaluza/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 26, 2016

 The only reasonable approach to city planning over a longer time scale is “managed retreat” to higher ground, according to engineers focused on resiliency.

Tulsa, Okla. Photo: Caleb Long/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 26, 2016

Building codes in Oklahoma have not been adjusted to take into consideration the increased risk of damage, though.

N.J. contractor fined $1 million, banned from state after allegedly deceiving customers

Photo: ubrog/Creative Commons.

News
July 22, 2016

He allegedly deceived elderly homeowners into buying unnecessary chimney repair and maintenance work. 

News
July 21, 2016

Cool roofs cost thousands of extra dollars and limit color options.

Impact fees on development proposed to fund Miami’s rising sea level resiliency plans

Miami. Photo: Nomad Cavalier, Hark/Creative Commons.

News
July 20, 2016

The county plans to spend $400 million to build a system of valves, pumps, and raised roadways to reduce the impact of flooding in the low-lying region.

Trade unions, contractors call for maximum penalty in construction worker death case

Construction in New York City. Photo: Benjamin KRAFT/Creative Commons.

News
July 20, 2016

A 22-year-old worker died when an improperly shored-up excavation collapsed at one of the company's job sites.

Construction in Portland, Ore. Photo: Decaseconds/Creative Commons.

News
July 15, 2016

Both residential and commercial projects are subject to the tax, which is expected to raise $8 million a year to fund affordable housing initiatives.

San Diego reaches cap on amount utilities have to buy back solar-generated power

Solar panels in San Diego. Photo: Mike Gifford/Creative Commons.

News
July 14, 2016

San Diego Gas and Electric will impose new charges on homeowners with PVs that are estimated to add an extra $115 a year over the 20-year life of a residential installation.

New York City residents part of ‘clean virtual power plant’ experiment

The Bay Bridge neighborhood in Brooklyn. Photo: Eric R. Bechtold/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 13, 2016

A $15 million pilot program offers rooftop PV panels plus a lithium-ion battery to more than 300 homeowners.

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