Policy

Pennsylvania Town Apparently Thinks Smoke Detectors Are Newfangled Gadgets

Why does it always seem to require a deadly fire to normalize smoke detectors? Reality check. Like seat belts, smoke ...
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Derelict Property Owners Invited to Plead for Code Leniency

Can code amnesty bring derelict landowners to heel? Scranton, Pa., is giving the idea a shot. Here's an excerpt from ...
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Texas Town Gets NIMBY About Shipping Containers

Residents of Wichita Falls, Texas, want to regulate metal storage units—but they're taking the path of least creativity. Americans, or ...
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As California 2020 Code Looms, Some Builders Go Solar

Excerpt of reporting by Patrick Sisson of Curbed: In San Diego, one builder sees solar-ready as cost-competitive A new model ...
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Idaho Town Embroiled in Bizarre Building Code Rebellion

A perfect storm of State law, local growth and regulatory distrust has some citizens calling for a no-code approach to ...
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DOE Lists Top Ten Most Viewed Building Efficiency Projects

Covering sectors ranging from industrial plants to hotels to colleges, interest in sustainability is on the rise. The Top 10 ...
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Changing Codes and Zoning to Accept Tiny Homes

A tiny house advocate makes the case for adjusting codes and zoning to smooth the way for well-built tiny homes ...
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Plumbers Cite Research Linking Low Water Flow with Legionnaire’s Disease

At issue is a regulatory proposal in Washington State that would reduce water flow rates below WaterSense standards. It's rare ...
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Study: Mandatory State Policies Work Best at Curbing Utility Emissions

U.S. state policies aimed at mitigating power plant emissions vary widely in effectiveness, finds a new study by researchers at ...
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California Bill To Require EPDs for Building Materials in State Projects

A new California bill may change the way climate change is fought—by forcing contractors to purchase materials that are sourced ...
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Florida Firefighters Seek Presumptive Cancer Protection

According to OSHA, firefighters are 14 percent more likely than the general public to develop certain cancers. They want this ...
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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Plays With Fire, Rolls Back Sprinkler Rules

Despite a recent, high-profile multifamily fire where lives were saved by sprinklers, the controversial governor is following the Trump Administration's ...
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New Los Angeles Law Aims to Demolish Certain Zoning Restrictions

Local politicians pull no punches in describing their intentions: to reverse slow-growth policies and the "brain damage" of building affordably ...
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California Bill Forcing Contractors to Compensate Unpaid Laborers Passes Legislature

The bill, aggressively opposed by builders, requires general contractors to pay the employees of subcontractors when they get stiffed. Advocates ...
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