Codes and Standards

ISO releases national assessment and state-by-state building codes evaluation

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February 16, 2016

ISO says the document provides a comprehensive examination of building codes and their enforcement in 20,800 communities representing 87% percent of the U.S. population.

Huge fraud case involving alleged engineering impostors uncovered in California

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February 12, 2016

California authorities have charged two men with a 12-year scam in which the pair allegedly posed as licensed professionals and drew up engineering and architectural plans for homes, apartments, commercial properties, and strip malls.

Detroit works to restore functional housing market

Houses in Detroit. Photo: Stan Wiechers/Creative Commons.

February 11, 2016

Civic and business leaders have identified eight neighborhoods that they believe have the best chance of a revival.

City living trend will change some suburbs

Bungalow houses in Chicago. Photo: Robin Amer/Creative Commons.

February 11, 2016

The average urban home is worth about 2% more than the average suburban home, according to Zillow.

Trend away from long rails reduces costs of PV installation

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February 10, 2016

Rail-free racking fixes solar panels directly to individual roof mounts, instead of standard long rails.

Lumber Liquidators must pay $13.2 million for importing illegal wood into the U.S.

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February 09, 2016

The company has also been placed on probation for five years, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan.

DOE rules change for ceiling fan light kits and 12 other rules
February 09, 2016

The Department of Energy has finalized a list of 13 total rule changes for 2015

American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

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February 08, 2016

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by a former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman.

Report tracks best states for home solar policies

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February 03, 2016

The “Freeing the Grid” scorecard, released Monday by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council is a handy tracker for policies that promote “net metering.”

Crackdown on workers’ comp fraud impacting construction companies

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February 03, 2016

One type of fraud involves paying employees cash off the books so that the amount of payroll on which premiums are calculated is reduced.


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