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European Cities to Revamp Transportation After Pandemic Reopening  

New urban transportation landscapes will be the order of the day in some major European cities after reopening following COVID-19 pandemic lockdown

Washington State Construction Industry Restart Plan Has Three Phases  

Washington State is developing a three-phase approach to restart the construction industry after a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minnesota Safety Rules Will Reduce Space for Rooftop PVs  

New safety regulations in Minnesota will reduce the size of residential solar installations by at least 20 percent, according to a solar industry g

NAHB Loses Influence in 2021 IECC Building Code Development  

Despite objections from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the development of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

Energy Efficiency

2020 IECC Will Lead to Significant Carbon Emissions Reductions

The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is nearly finalized.

Apartment Management Firm Creates Program to Support Healthcare Workers

LYND, a firm that manages multifamily properties, has created a program to support healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stability of Affordable Housing Will Be Challenged in Wake of Pandemic

Historically, affordable housing has maintained stability during economic recessions.

New York City Tightens Restrictions on Construction During Pandemic

New York City has strengthened its ban on nonessential construction, and the city’s Department of Buildings has stepped up enforcement.

Coronavirus Resources and Information

ASHRAE, WELL Panels to Tackle Revising Standards to Limit Spread of Viruses in Buildings

Both ASHRAE and the International WELL Building Institute have formed panels to address how building standards could limit the spread of viruses su

Dept. of Labor Issues Guidance for Respiratory Protection During N95 Shortage

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim enforcement guidance to help combat supply shortages of disposable N95

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