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Fire at New Jersey Apartment Construction Site Triggers Calls for Code Restrictions on Wood Framing

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 6, 2017 11:01:36 AM

Critics blame lightweight, wood-framed construction materials, but they may be jumping the gun.maplewood fire youtube.jpg

New Jersey, like many states, faces high demand for rental units. To that end, codes allow construction of multi-story wood-framed structures up to 60 ft. tall. But a blaze that destroyed an apartment complex this week, which was under construction and due to open in March, has triggered criticism from academics and locals. They say residential apartments should not be built using non-steel framing.

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Anti-Immigration Politics Make Labor Shortages Worse for Builders

Posted by Mike Collignon

Oct 18, 2016 8:35:01 PM

Britain’s Brexit-induced labor woes suggest that similar policies in the U.S. would hurt the industry.

IF YOU PICKED UP a newspaper, read news headlines on the Internet or even visited any social media channels near the end of June, you probably heard about Brexit—the British exit from the European Union. While the pros and cons have been discussed ad nauseam, what hasn’t received much coverage is the effect on the homebuilding industry.

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Northern Nevada Governments Adopt Energy Rating Index (ERI) Compliance Option to Municipal Energy Codes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 3, 2016 1:26:53 PM

Three municipalities and three counties in Northern Nevada have joined the ranks of states and municipalities that have adopted the 2015 IECC Energy Rating Index option.

The cities of Carson City, Fernley, Reno and Sparks and the counties of Lyon, Storey and Washoe have amended their energy codes based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to include an Energy Rating Index compliance option.

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Bill Amends Utah’s Energy Conservation Code

Posted by Mike Collignon

Jun 14, 2016 10:55:35 AM

Complete Streets Improves Communities’ Non-Vehicular Accessibility

Launched by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2004, Complete Streets integrates people and places in the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation networks. The coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that:

  • ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities;
  • balance the needs of different modes of transportation;
  • and support local land uses, economies, cultures and natural environments.

While the National Complete Streets Coalition offers policy suggestions, they are quick to point out there are many different designs in use and the community should determine what is most relevant to its needs. To date, more than 900 policies from more than 730 agencies at the local, regional and state levels have adopted Complete Streets policies nationwide. To find a community with Complete Streets near you, visit the Coalition’s Policy Atlas.

For more information, visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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Codes Are Last Obstacle to Wider Use of Graywater in Homes

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Apr 12, 2016 12:07:10 PM

Graywater makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?

Today, the technology and know-how exists to take graywater from washing machines and showers—as well as rainwater collected from roofs—and use that water to flush toilets and irrigate landscapes. That same water can be brought back into the house, treated, and used yet again. It makes a lot of sense and saves a lot of water, so why isn’t it happening, or even mandated, everywhere?

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