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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

Award-Winning Projects

Homes LEEDing the Way to Sustainability and Resiliency

Winners of the U.S. Green Building Council's 2020 LEED Homes Awards for single-family residential projects

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

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.”

Resilient Construction

New NIBS Report Evaluates Natural Disaster Mitigation Strategies  

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released: “Mitigation Saves 2019 Report.” The document addresses strengthening buildings for flood,

Resilient Construction

Report on Tennessee Tornadoes Finds Homes With Little Updraft Resistance

A new report by the Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance network (SEER) highlights inadequacies in the ability of Tennessee homes and schools t

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

House Lift: Elevating Foundations as a Response to Flooding

One response to chronic flooding is to mandate that building foundations be elevated. Homeowners and builders weigh the costs 

Resilient Construction

Roadblocks to Resilient Construction After a Natural Disaster

Rebuilding after a natural disaster, ultimately, is a function of insurance and the cost of materials and labor, all of which are getting harder and pricier to obtain in disaster-prone market

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 

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