Codes and Standards

Influenced by Airbnb, future home designs might include spare rooms for rental

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April 18, 2016

Designs could include physical accommodations such as "flex spaces" so people don’t have to give up their beds to have guests. 

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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April 18, 2016

The rule updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction.

Missouri town’s ordinance forces family to remove vegetable garden

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April 15, 2016

The new ordinance says that vegetation must be kept 30 feet from the street.

Researchers constructing model home to withstand high winds and hail

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April 14, 2016

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said the first FORTIFIED Home utilizing its high wind and hail standards will be built in Tulsa this year.

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April 13, 2016

Eight construction industry organizations filed the legal challenge to the rule, citing concerns about its technological and economic feasibility.

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April 12, 2016

Projects must now earn a minimum of four points in the Energy Performance credits. The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change.

New LEED Pilot ACP designed to help eliminate irresponsibly sourced materials

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April 11, 2016

One aim is to advance environmentally responsible forest management to help rid buildings of illegal wood by promoting wood that is verified to be legal.

Florida Building Code updates roofing underlayment and installation guidelines

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April 08, 2016

The underlayment codes have been criticized as being confusing. 

International codes now require water reuse systems comply with NSF International standard

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April 07, 2016

The standard requires 26 weeks of continuous testing with regularly scheduled sampling throughout, typically three days a week.

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April 06, 2016

Rising home values could help increase inventory, which has been low in recent years.


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