California is on the verge of approving the country's first state green building code, but some environmental groups are trying to stop it, arguing the code does not go far enough.
Jan 11, 2010 Los Angeles Times
Many of the deaths of the past few rounds of storms and earthquakes are due to inadequate drainage systems, poor building regulation enforcement, and lack of emergency planning.
Oct 7, 2009 The Wall Street Journal
Architect Edward Mazria looks at the climate bill heading to the Senate for approval and argues that its most important part is the section on building energy codes, which he calls "more powerful than 100 nuclear plants".
Jul 25, 2009 Grist
Officials in Fort Worth, Texas, are searching for ways to deal with buildings left vacant by businesses struggling during the recession. Other cities and the state of Texas are also addressing the issue.
Apr 7, 2009 Fort Worth Star Telegram
From Boston to Austin to L.A., more and more cities across the U.S. are making efforts to reduce their carbon emissions and environmental impact by instituting green building codes.
Feb 5, 2009 Governing
Eleven Amish families have sued their own town for religious discrimination in its building code.
Jan 7, 2009 Chicago Tribune
The complex, organic form of Mediterranean towns has been traced to a dynamic system of reproducing building codes.
Dec 26, 2008 Emergent Urbanism
Safety codes recommended by NIST after analyzing the collapse of the World Trade Center are being challenged by another federal agency on the grounds they will be too costly.
Sep 9, 2008 The New York Times
<p>Heather Stewart's vision of a country wedding in a resorted country barn are thwarted by code enforcement officers at the last minute. 'We have zoning rules and building codes that always get in the way of dreams,' Reinsborough said.</p>
Jun 23, 2008 Portland Press Herald
<p>New earthquake hazard maps from the U.S. Geological Survey show increased earthquake risk areas beyond typical hotspots like California. Geologists say planners and local officials should react to the maps by updating building codes.</p>
Apr 26, 2008 Discovery