The 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) marks my 26th consecutive year of attendance.
Codes and Standards
Cool roofs cost thousands of extra dollars and limit color options.
Miami. Photo: Nomad Cavalier, Hark/Creative Commons.
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.
Construction in New York City. Photo: Benjamin KRAFT/Creative Commons.
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.
Both residential and commercial projects are subject to the tax, which is expected to raise $8 million a year to fund affordable housing initiatives.
Solar panels in San Diego. Photo: Mike Gifford/Creative Commons.
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.
The Bay Bridge neighborhood in Brooklyn. Photo: Eric R. Bechtold/Wikimedia Commons.
A $15 million pilot program offers rooftop PV panels plus a lithium-ion battery to more than 300 homeowners.
Photo: CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons.
The rule covers commercial uses for drones that weigh less than 55 pounds and goes into effect in late August.
Photo: Shawn T. Moore, US Department of Labor/Creative Commons
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.
Houses in Portland, Ore. Photo: drburtoni/Creative Commons.
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
Applicances have been found to be buggy, and consumers worry about privacy and security.