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How to Build Better Buildings

US design and construction companies along with building owners and operators have agreed to incorporate resilience in planning, building materials selection, design, construction and operational techniques. The industry groups define resilience as the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events. The … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASHRAE and Green Building, R2, Global Recycled Standard

ASHRAE is for the first time partnering on the development of the National Green Building Standard, ICC/ASHRAE 700. Other organizations developing the standard’s third edition include the National Association of Home Builders and and the International Code Council. The Canadian government has proposed legislative changes to the Hazardous Products Act as a … Read more »

Green Builders Weather Storms

Green homes comprised 23 percent of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26 percent and 33 percent of the market by 2016. The housing slump in recent years didn’t stop the green building movement, in fact, indications are that segment accelerated. According … Read more »

Supreme Court Throws Out Stormwater Case

A lawsuit thrown out this week by the US Supreme Court, and a separate settlement between the EPA and several home builder industry groups, have demonstrated the challenge of regulating polluted stormwater that makes its way into rivers, streams and oceans. The settlement was the second setback for the EPA’s … Read more »