Codes and Standards

Codes, regulations hampering green residential construction

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April 27, 2016

Building codes, local zoning ordinances, and rules governing aesthetics within the boundaries of homeowners’ associations have not always kept up with advances in sustainability.

Revised 2015 Manual for Engineered Wood Construction available

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April 25, 2016

The document contains design information for structural lumber, glued laminated timber, structural-use panels, cross-laminated timber, poles and piles, I-joists, and structural composite lumber.

San Francisco becomes first big U.S. city to require solar panels on new buildings

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April 25, 2016

The new San Francisco law makes it the first major US city to mandate solar panels on new construction.

Columbia, Mo., may require rentals to pass energy-efficiency test

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April 22, 2016

The proposed policy offers two options: the Department of Energy’s “Home Energy Score” or a similar energy-efficiency score through Columbia Water and Light.

Dept. of Energy introduces Home Improvement Catalyst to encourage energy efficient remodels

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April 21, 2016

The goal is to increase market adoption of high-impact energy efficient technologies in the home remodeling industry. 

NRCA updates online wind-load calculator for roof designs

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April 20, 2016

The updated tool can be used to determine design wind loads applicable to perimeter edge-metal flashing system design, which helps regarding compliance with ANSI/SPRI ES-1 requirements.

Influenced by Airbnb, future home designs might include spare rooms for rental

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April 18, 2016

Designs could include physical accommodations such as "flex spaces" so people don’t have to give up their beds to have guests. 

OSHA updates eye and face protection standards in final rule

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April 18, 2016

The rule updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals, and construction.

Missouri town’s ordinance forces family to remove vegetable garden

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April 15, 2016

The new ordinance says that vegetation must be kept 30 feet from the street.

Researchers constructing model home to withstand high winds and hail

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April 14, 2016

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said the first FORTIFIED Home utilizing its high wind and hail standards will be built in Tulsa this year.


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