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Codes + Standards

NAHB Critiques FEMA Study on Resiliency

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is taking issue with a new study by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that quantified the…

High-Performance Homes

Can High Performance Be Cheaper Than Code Compliant?

On this week's installment of The Weekly, Jim Nostedt, president of SEEFAR Building Analytics, lays out a formula that shows how total cost of…

Codes + Standards

NAHB Successfully Appeals Two Proposed Changes to the IECC

Two of the National Association of Home Builders’ appeals to the 2021 building code were accepted by the International Code Council Board of…

Codes + Standards

Austin Implements Stricter Codes for Wildfire Protection

Austin, Texas, became the first major city in the state to enact a stricter code for wildfire protection. While the city was prepared to respond…

Codes + Standards

How Excessive Design Standards Hurt Affordability

NAHB Housing Policy Briefing | Stringent residential design standards imposed by local governments are affecting housing costs; the impact of new residential construction on the broader economy (chart)

Electrical

Will GFCI Revisions for Manufacturers Confuse Trades?

The back and forth on changes for ground-fault circuit interrupters and revisions to UL 943 has the potential to affect not just the reputations of home builders, electricians, and manufacturers, but the safety of homeowners and consumers as well 

Codes + Standards

Americans Agree on Strict Building Codes for Fire, Flood Zones

Public opinion on climate change shows that Americans care more about the environment than elected officials, according to recently released…

Resilient Construction

3 Ways to Use Building Codes to Slow Climate Change 

Architects, builders, manufacturers, and inspectors have a role to play in improving energy efficiency and resiliency through building codes

Coronavirus Resources and Information

OSHA Updates List of COVID-19 Resources for Construction Industry  

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an updated list of COVID-19 resources from various federal and state agencies and…

Building Materials

American Wood Council Updates Report on Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies

The American Wood Council (AWC) released an updated “Technical Report 10 (TR10), Calculating the Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies…

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