Codes and Standards

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

July 07, 2016

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


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