Codes and Standards



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.

Photo: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 12, 2016

The rule covers commercial uses for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and goes into effect in late August.

OSHA raises maximum civil penalties by 78%

Photo: Shawn T. Moore, US Department of Labor/Creative Commons

News
July 11, 2016

The maximum penalty for serious violations will be raised from $7,000 to $12,471, and the fine for willful and repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709.

Portland, Ore., bans demolition of century-old homes

Houses in Portland, Ore. Photo: drburtoni/Creative Commons.

News
July 08, 2016

Developers that want to replace homes with new ones must carefully deconstruct the buildings so that building materials can be salvaged. 

Photo: David Berkowitz/Creative Commons

News
July 07, 2016

Applicances have been found to be buggy, and consumers worry about privacy and security.

Pima County, Ariz., allows tiny homes of any size if they have foundations

Photo: Wing-Chi Poon/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 06, 2016

The county established new regulations for houses less than 400 sf and imposed stricter rules for small trailer homes.

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News
July 05, 2016

The study identified 8,000 Airbnb listings that advertised so frequently that they were likely illegally converted into hotel rooms. This situation has caused rents to rise in the city, the study contends.

Photo: Jordiferrer/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 05, 2016

Y Combinator plans to solicit proposals for research into construction methods, power sources, driverless cars, and even examine concepts of zoning and property rights.

H-2B visa program not always a good solution for construction worker shortage

Photo: theveravee/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 01, 2016

The process to hire foreign workers is cumbersome, expensive, and has a fairly long lead time. 

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