Codes and Standards

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June 02, 2016

Regulatory compliance has driven up the price of a new home by an average of 30% in the last five years.

Floating house prototypes designed to cope with sea level rise

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June 01, 2016

Recent floating home prototypes have emerged in the U.K., Spain, and Nigeria.

Federal agencies boost standards for more resilient construction

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May 31, 2016

HUD, FEMA, GSA, Army Corps of Engineers make policy changes.

Miami Beach requires developers to meet green standards or pay a fee

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May 31, 2016

The legislation is linked to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the city highly vulnerable to rising sea levels due to climate change.

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May 27, 2016

The median delay for a single-family home permit was seven months in 2015. In some states, builders could expect holdups of six to eight months.

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May 26, 2016

The commission ruled that a group called NC WARN cannot sell electricity directly to customers.

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May 25, 2016

Builder groups say the new rule would force contractors to cut worker hours and reduce benefits.

Ontario planning to spend $7-billion on wide-ranging climate change plan

Houses in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. Photo: Lucia/Creative Commons.

May 24, 2016

The plan is aimed towards reducing the Canadian province's carbon footprint.

Industry leaders call for wider use of bamboo as a building material

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May 23, 2016

Bamboo has multiple benefits, including seismic resiliency. Bamboo structures often fared better in earthquakes than buildings made from conventional construction material such as concrete.

Net zero house in Tiburon, Calif. Photo: Inhabitat/Creative Commons.

May 20, 2016

It will not only meet California’s net zero mandate. It will reflect a new conceptual approach.


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