Codes and Standards

Arizona contractor fined $1.2 million in alleged fraud conspiracy

Photo: Ildar Sagdejev/Creative Commons.

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

Zero Energy Idea House. Photo: Kathleen Leavitt Cragun/Creative Commons.

March 23, 2016

This represents almost 1% of 2014 housing starts.

Home automation device hijacks homes’ HVAC systems

Amazon Echo. Photo: Rob Albright/Creative Commons.

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. 

Detroit startup has new model for affordable housing

Century Partners renovated this house in Detroit. Photo: Century Partners.

March 18, 2016

In addition to paying cash for the homes, Century Partners provides shares of its profits to the former homeowners. 

Some experts fear that it’s too late for South Florida to mitigate sea level rise

Miami. Photo: Matthew Hurst/Creative Commons.

March 17, 2016

They say policymakers should begin planning for how to deal with a massive exodus of area residents in the coming decades. 

Longer permit processing times feared to increase housing costs

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March 16, 2016

The wait can take as long as six to eight months—up from two to three months in some hot markets.

Northern Michigan fire raises concerns about firefighter safety on structures with metal roofs

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March 15, 2016

The roofs make it very hard to get suppression penetration into the attic and into the involved areas of the home.

Entire house moves to track path of the sun

Photo: Yusuke Takahashi/Creative Commons.

March 14, 2016

The combined rotation of the building and roof produces 25,000 kWh/year of electricity, five times as much energy as a home of comparable size would typically use.


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