Codes and Standards

Legal challenge filed over N.J.’s new coastal management regulations

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February 22, 2016

Environmental groups charge that state Department of Environmental Protection's Coastal Zone Management Act rules allow too many buildings to be in the path of future storms.

Illinois roofing contractor that 'continues to ignore' fall protection standards faces $155K OSHA fine

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February 18, 2016

OSHA said an inspector saw four employees working without fall protection systems, and that the workers were at risk of falls of more than 14 feet. 

Home price increases driven by lack of inventory

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February 18, 2016

The NAR report found that the price for a median existing single-family home increased in 81% of the markets measured. 

Tool provides cost of installing solar panels on any roof in your city

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February 17, 2016

The program reports the expected installation costs, the number of years it will take to earn back this investment from a photovoltaic system, and other specifics.

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

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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

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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.


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