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Substantial Energy-Saving Provisions in 2021 Intl. Energy Conservation Code

The 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the model energy code for the United States, will have substantial energy sa

Several States With Ambitious Climate Goals Will Have to Restrict Natural Gas as a Fuel

Most of the 10 states that rely the most on natural gas or propane for heating and cooking have ambitious climate goals.

New Solar-Ready Mandate Affects Commercial and Residential Buildings in St. Louis

St. Louis recently passed a new law requiring all new buildings to be made solar-ready.

Trump Administration Blocks New Light Bulb Efficiency Standards

The Trump administration has blocked energy-saving standards on light bulbs that were scheduled to go into effect January 1.

Virginia Bill Would Legalize Duplexes Throughout the State

Virginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would increase the legal density of housing across the state.

Tiny Homes Used to Transition Homeless to Permanent Housing

A non-profit organization in Northern California is leading a team of homebuilders and contractors in building six tiny homes to help house the wor

Resilient Construction

Rebuilding After Disaster: A Painstaking Process

Homeowners don’t want to leave where they live, despite future risk of another natural disaster. That translates to a willingness to rebuild, but the process is far from easy

Resilient Construction

How One Prefab Building Company Is Rebuilding Better in the Face of Disaster

In the aftermath of wildfires, prefab home builder Dvele steps up to provide fire-resistant spec homes

Resilient Construction

The Need for Resilient Construction Is Real. How Are Home Builders Responding?

Increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters are driving resilient construction in more U.S. markets, but most builders aren’t going beyond what’s mandated by code 

OSHA Plans Multiple Revisions to Rules Impacting Construction Industry in 2020

OSHA is planning new regulations governing several workplace practices that will impact the construction industry in 2020.

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