Codes and Standards

Availability of housing lots reaches new lows

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June 23, 2016

Nearly two-thirds of builders say that lot supply in their regions was low or very low in a NAHB survey.

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June 21, 2016

After the new zoning ordinance goes into effect in September, many landowners in outlying DC neighborhoods will have the right to build and rent small dwellings.

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June 20, 2016

Critics say OSHA has the power to disseminate records and data that fail to show the complete narrative of a company’s safety record.

More than 6.8 million U.S. homes at risk of storm surge damage

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June 17, 2016

The total reconstruction cost value for these homes is more than $1.5 trillion.

Distributed solar offers benefits to all ratepayers, according to new studies

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June 16, 2016

One of the reports said that residential solar systems deliver net benefits to ratepayers of between 1.6 cents and 3.6 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity.

Crumbling foundations in Conn. linked to presence of mineral found in aggregate

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June 15, 2016

Construction experts say there is no fix for the foundation problem. All concrete must be replaced, at an estimated cost of $150,000 or higher for each home.

San Francisco voters approve tougher affordability requirement on new housing development

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June 14, 2016

The measure will require residential developments of 25 units or more to include 25% affordable units.

American Concrete Institute releases new Guide to Shotcrete

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June 13, 2016

Includes information on application procedures and testing.

Homeowners continue to be willing to pay more for green features—up to a point

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June 09, 2016

Of the 150 homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 90% said Energy Star appliances were essential or desirable.

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June 08, 2016

A chief economist says he expects a loosening of the recent tight credit standards presumably caused by the “Know Before You Owe” rule.


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