Codes and Standards

Photo: Serge Melki/Wikimedia Commons.

September 02, 2016

Buyers prefer city living, so many formerly desirable subruban homes stay on the market much longer than in recent years

Hurricane Sandy damged a New Jersey town in 2012. Photo: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Wikimedia Commons.

September 01, 2016

The house uses energy-efficient insulated concrete form for the walls and floors designed to withstand wind and flying debris

FEMA Wants To Toughen Flood Regulation On Projects Using Federal Funds

Flooding in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Eric Hamiter/Creative Commons.

August 31, 2016

The proposal would prompt projects to be built as much as two feet higher. Some business groups say regulations would drive up costs

Flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in August. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

August 30, 2016

The projects began after a massive flood in 1983

Vancouver to require zero-emissions on new buildings by 2030

Vancouver. Photo: domo k./Creative Commons.

August 29, 2016

All new buildings will have to be heated, cooled, and powered without any net emissions.

Rendering: Babcock Ranch.

August 26, 2016

A 75-megawatt solar farm will provide power for Babcock Ranch during the day.

Zoning laws prompt eviction of Portland, Ore., couple from their tiny home on wheels

Photo: Tammy Strobel/Creative Commons.

August 24, 2016

The house sits on a trailer, and is therefore classified as a mobile home. 

Many Louisiana homeowners impacted by floods have no flood insurance

Flooding in Baton Rouge in August 2016. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.

August 24, 2016

FEMA said up to $33,000 will be allotted for those affected by the storm, but most payments are more likely to be between $9,000 and $10,000.

Alaska town votes to relocate due to climate-change driven sea level rise

Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve/Wikimedia Commons.

August 24, 2016

The move is estimated to cost $180 million. Dozens of other Alaskan villages are also threatened by rising sea levels.

Houses in San Jose, Calif. Photo: Sean O'Flaherty/Wikimedia Commons.

August 19, 2016

A montly rent of $6,200 in Palo Alto forced city planner Kate Downing and her husband to move 40 miles away to Santa Cruz.


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