Codes and Standards



Federal agencies boost standards for more resilient construction

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May 31, 2016

HUD, FEMA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers make policy changes.

Miami Beach requires developers to meet green standards or pay a fee

Miami Beach, Fla. Photo: Daniel Chodusov/Creative Commons.

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May 31, 2016

The legislation is linked to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the city highly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

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May 27, 2016

The median delay for a single-family home permit was seven months in 2015. In some states, builders could expect holdups of six to eight months.

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May 26, 2016

The commission ruled that a group called NC WARN cannot sell electricity directly to customers.

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May 25, 2016

Builder groups say the new rule would force contractors to cut worker hours and reduce benefits.

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

Houses in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Lucia/Creative Commons.

News
May 24, 2016

The plan is aimed towards reducing the Canadian province's carbon footprint.

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

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News
May 23, 2016

Bamboo has multiple benefits, including seismic resiliency. Bamboo structures often fared better in earthquakes than buildings made from conventional construction material such as concrete.

Net zero house in Tiburon, Calif. Photo: Inhabitat/Creative Commons.

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May 20, 2016

It will not only meet California’s net zero mandate. It will reflect a new conceptual approach.

Massachusetts woman kicked out of her tiny home after voters nix zoning change

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May 20, 2016

Voters at Hadley, Massachusetts’s annual town meeting decided against legalizing backyard cottages.

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News
May 19, 2016

The updated version includes the latest industry best practices to instruct roofing professionals and DIY enthusiasts on installation methods that help to maximize shingle life and weather protection.

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