Codes and Standards

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April 01, 2016

The standards are projected to save consumers $300 million a year in electricity costs.

More than 13 million Americans at risk from rising sea levels

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March 31, 2016

The largest numbers of people at risk are in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. 

Texas homebuilder sentenced in alleged ‘straw buyer’ fraud scheme

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March 30, 2016

Prosecutors accused a homebuilder of enlisting "straw buyers" to purchase his houses at padded prices so that he would have enough money to pay back development loans.

ASHRAE grants fund human thermal comfort database project

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March 29, 2016

The grants, totaling $180,000, are awarded to full-time graduate students of ASHRAE-related technologies

OSHA finalizes new silica dust regulations

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March 28, 2016

Construction companies have until June 23, 2017 to comply with most requirements. New requirements include limiting access to high exposure areas and training workers.

Arizona contractor fined $1.2 million in alleged fraud conspiracy

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March 25, 2016

State licensing authorities said a contractor set up companies to take advantage of older customers, damage HVAC equipment, make unnecessary repairs in order to charge a customer, and train his employees to engage in these practices.

Modular net-zero home models cut energy use by two-thirds

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March 24, 2016

Deltec Homes has focused on making affordable prefab houses that don't require any electricity from the grid.

More than 3,300 homes on path to zero energy

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March 23, 2016

This represents almost 1% of 2014 housing starts.

Home automation device hijacks homes’ HVAC systems

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March 23, 2016

Amazon’s Echo home automation device reportedly took things into its own hands and adjusted thermostats without owners’ authority.

APA updates Engineered Wood Construction Guide

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March 21, 2016

The guide features information on engineered wood products and recommendations for their use in a wide range of applications in residential and commercial construction. 


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