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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.

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 resear

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 nongover

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.”

Jobsite Safety

How Owners Should Comply With OSHA Roofing Safety Guidelines  

Building owners have a responsibility to protect people who venture on their roofs, according to OSHA.

AIA Releases New, Updated Sustainable Project Documents  

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released new, updated AIA contract documents to support businesses to reach sustainability goal

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