Codes and Standards

Nationwide clash over net metering threatens solar panel market

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March 10, 2016

More than 25 of the 40 U.S. states with net metering policies are reportedly reconsidering them. 

Tiny house company founder believes tiny house trend will last

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March 09, 2016

A 200-home development in Salida, Colo., will be the largest tiny house community in the country.

Japanese ‘deathtrap’ house raises questions about western building codes

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March 08, 2016

This is an example of a “deathtrap” house that raises philosophical questions about common code elements. 

U.S. Supreme Court lets San Jose affordable housing law stand

Apartments in San Jose. Photo: David Sawyer/Creative Commons.

March 07, 2016

The law requires housing developers to include below-market priced units for low-income buyers on any new housing projects in the city.

Risk of health problems from Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring higher than previously thought

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March 03, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that people who purchased the Chinese-made flooring are about three times more likely to get cancer than it had calculated earlier. 

Consumer optimism over home purchasing drops

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March 03, 2016

Fannie Mae’s January Home Purchase Sentiment Index dropped 1.7% from December.

Experiment to gauge demand for tiny houses kicks off in Cleveland

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March 02, 2016

Citizens Bank has donated $140,000 for the project, which features sustainable design and green features.

Dow study finds 'slow deterioration' from common housing design

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March 01, 2016

The study was designed to help builders and buyers select the best materials.

February 29, 2016

The new lighting standard would apply to General Service Lamps, including LED and compact fluorescent lights.

Decline in illegal immigration driving up construction costs

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February 26, 2016

Nearly half of the respondents surveyed said fewer illegal workers means more U.S.-born or other legally authorized workers will enter the residential construction workforce.


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