Codes and Standards



Fannie Mae, HUD offer financing to make PVs more affordable

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August 03, 2016

Fannie Mae is offering the lowest cost of capital for new solar installations to date. 

San Francisco. Photo: Russell Mondy/Creative Commons.

News
August 02, 2016

A new annual property tax of $12 per parcel is expected to raise a half billion dollars over the next 20 years.

Concrete Assn. builds case against cross-laminated timber

Cross-laminated timber blocks. Photo: Oregon Department of Forestry/Creative Commons.

News
August 01, 2016

The group says not enough testing has been performed on the CLT, and that it still to be determined if the new material is as good as concrete at withstanding fires.

Airbnb bedroom in Chicago. Photo: Brian Johnson & Dane Kantner/Creative Commons.

News
July 29, 2016

Home-sharing services could be “exacerbating housing shortages.”

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News
July 28, 2016

Even though it's the right time to buy, repaying loans remains the priority.

Median size of house lots falls to record low

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News
July 27, 2016

New England had the largest median lot size, while the West Coast had the smallest.

New York’s resilience plans not taking long-term view, critics charge

Flooding in Long Island during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Photo: Dhaluza/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 26, 2016

 The only reasonable approach to city planning over a longer time scale is “managed retreat” to higher ground, according to engineers focused on resiliency.

Tulsa, Okla. Photo: Caleb Long/Wikimedia Commons.

News
July 26, 2016

Building codes in Oklahoma have not been adjusted to take into consideration the increased risk of damage, though.

N.J. contractor fined $1 million, banned from state after allegedly deceiving customers

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News
July 22, 2016

He allegedly deceived elderly homeowners into buying unnecessary chimney repair and maintenance work. 

News
July 21, 2016

Cool roofs cost thousands of extra dollars and limit color options.

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