Codes and Standards

Distributed solar offers benefits to all ratepayers, according to new studies

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June 16, 2016

One of the reports said that residential solar systems deliver net benefits to ratepayers of between 1.6 cents and 3.6 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity.

Crumbling foundations in Conn. linked to presence of mineral found in aggregate

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June 15, 2016

Construction experts say there is no fix for the foundation problem. All concrete must be replaced, at an estimated cost of $150,000 or higher for each home.

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

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June 14, 2016

The measure will require residential developments of 25 units or more to include 25% affordable units.

American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

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June 13, 2016

Includes information on application procedures and testing.

Homeowners continue to be willing to pay more for green features—up to a point

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June 09, 2016

Of the 150 homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 90% said Energy Star appliances were essential or desirable.

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June 08, 2016

A chief economist says he expects a loosening of the recent tight credit standards presumably caused by the “Know Before You Owe” rule.

Concrete Institute publishes document providing concrete curing guidance

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June 07, 2016

This guide reviews and describes practices, procedures, materials, and monitoring methods for the external curing of concrete and provides guidance for specifying curing procedures.

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June 07, 2016

The decision may streamline the approval process for people and companies seeking to develop wetlands.

Growing number of large homebuilders adopting use of aerial drones

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June 02, 2016

Some 41% of builders with 100 unit starts or more said they would use drones within the next three years.

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June 02, 2016

Regulatory compliance has driven up the price of a new home by an average of 30% in the last five years.


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