Codes and Standards

OSHA raises maximum civil penalties by 78%

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July 11, 2016

The maximum penalty for serious violations will be raised from $7,000 to $12,471, and the fine for willful and repeated violations will increase from $70,000 to $124,709.

Portland, Ore., bans demolition of century-old homes

Houses in Portland, Ore. Photo: drburtoni/Creative Commons.

July 08, 2016

Developers that want to replace homes with new ones must carefully deconstruct the buildings so that building materials can be salvaged. 

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July 07, 2016

Applicances have been found to be buggy, and consumers worry about privacy and security.

Pima County, Ariz., allows tiny homes of any size if they have foundations

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July 06, 2016

The county established new regulations for houses less than 400 sf and imposed stricter rules for small trailer homes.

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July 05, 2016

The study identified 8,000 Airbnb listings that advertised so frequently that they were likely illegally converted into hotel rooms. This situation has caused rents to rise in the city, the study contends.

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July 05, 2016

Y Combinator plans to solicit proposals for research into construction methods, power sources, driverless cars, and even examine concepts of zoning and property rights.

H-2B visa program not always a good solution for construction worker shortage

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July 01, 2016

The process to hire foreign workers is cumbersome, expensive, and has a fairly long lead time. 

Log driving near Vancouver, B.C. Photo: Tony Hisgett/Wikimedia Commons.

June 29, 2016

Canadian exports account for about 28% of the U.S. softwood market.

Solar power actually reduces rates for all electric customers

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June 28, 2016

Ratepayers do not end up paying more to make up for resulting loss of revenue to power companies, according to a new study.

OSHA starts evaluation of construction industry noise standards

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June 28, 2016

OSHA is planning to issue a request for information in November to gauge the effectiveness and feasibility of adopting more noise-hazard requirements.


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