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Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues. Matt is a founding member of the Tiny House Industry Association, and sits on the board of The Resilience Hub, an educational organization focused on permaculture and hands-on reskilling.
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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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New Book Highlights 2015 Residential Building Code Changes

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 19, 2015 8:55:07 AM

Key information for planning and code officials, builders and other green professionals.

Looking to stay on top of the latest International Building Code changes? Here's a quick, affordable guide titled Significant Changes to the International Residential Code.

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New DOE Standard for Furnaces Limits Standby Power and Raises AFUE Baseline

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 12, 2015 7:14:47 AM

In a move that has been cheered by environmental groups, the DOE has just announced new rules that will affect all future residential furnaces.

The ruling, which is highly technical in nature, examines numerous aspects of furnace performance, with the goal of an overall reduction in fossil fuel use by these devices, which account for most of the residential energy use in cold climate states.

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Free Webinar for Electricians: Avoiding OSHA Fines

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 9, 2015 5:47:48 PM

The National Electrical Contractors Association says you can log in on Thursday, February 19 (11:00 a.m.-12 noon EST) for a free safety webinar. 

Theyll be offering key facts about how to stay out of OSHA's "area of interest," including an update on new OSHA recordkeeping requirements and reporting requirements and guidelines for using temporary workers.

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