Codes and Standards

Lumber Liquidators must pay $13.2 million for importing illegal wood into the U.S.

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February 09, 2016

The company has also been placed on probation for five years, during which it must implement a strict environmental compliance plan.

DOE rules change for ceiling fan light kits and 12 other rules
February 09, 2016

The Department of Energy has finalized a list of 13 total rule changes for 2015

American Wood Council releases construction fire best practice manuals, website

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February 08, 2016

A series of three manuals were developed in a cooperative effort between AWC and FireforceOne, a consulting firm led by a former California State Fire Marshall Ronny Coleman.

Report tracks best states for home solar policies

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February 03, 2016

The “Freeing the Grid” scorecard, released Monday by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council is a handy tracker for policies that promote “net metering.”

Crackdown on workers’ comp fraud impacting construction companies

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February 03, 2016

One type of fraud involves paying employees cash off the books so that the amount of payroll on which premiums are calculated is reduced.

Section of New Orleans will try new approach to flood control

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February 03, 2016

Public works projects in a part of the Big Easy, the Gentilly Resiliency District, will be designed to retain and control water rather than to try to keep it behind levees and floodwalls.

Supreme Court ruling on demand response expected to benefit smart grid

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February 02, 2016

It means that FERC can continue to hold that small electric power generators, including businesses and residences, can have their power priced at the wholesale rate.

Guides to wood construction in high wind areas released

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February 01, 2016

The Guides are directed toward ensuring structural integrity to resist wind loads.

Developer sees single-family rental housing opportunities in many Sunbelt markets

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January 27, 2016

AHV Communities’ CEO Mark Wolf recently said his company would allocate $100 million for the development of single-family home-rental communities in major Southern markets.

Most new single-family homes meet or exceed local energy code requirements

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January 25, 2016

The findings cover six of eight states included in the Residential Energy Code Field Study. 


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