Codes and Standards

San Francisco. Photo: Russell Mondy/Creative Commons.

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.

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.

July 29, 2016

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

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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

Photo: Sarah Miller/Creative Commons.

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.

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.

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

Photo: ubrog/Creative Commons.

July 22, 2016

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

July 21, 2016

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

Impact fees on development proposed to fund Miami’s rising sea level resiliency plans

Miami. Photo: Nomad Cavalier, Hark/Creative Commons.

July 20, 2016

The county plans to spend $400 million to build a system of valves, pumps, and raised roadways to reduce the impact of flooding in the low-lying region.


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