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Building Codes

August 18, 2019, 1pm PDT
A complaint about an illegal Airbnb, a very visual response, and a headache for city officials in the city of Manhattan Beach, California.
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2019, 2pm PDT
Local governments didn't want the Texas State Legislature to approved HB 2439, but now the bill is officially law. Some communities worry that they can no longer control the aesthetics of new development.
NBC DFW
April 12, 2019, 10am PDT
Chicago's new building code is hailed as a major achievement for the city, labor unions, and the construction and development industries in the city.
MAPS
Blog post
October 26, 2018, 6am PDT
In The Battle of Lincoln Park, Daniel Kay Hertz chronicles the gentrification of Lincoln Park, and shows how its residents displaced renters and the poor.
Michael Lewyn
October 14, 2018, 9am PDT
Code requirements for wind resistance vary substantially across Florida, with less stringent building requirements in areas of the Panhandle hit hard by Hurricane Michael.
The Miami Herald
October 5, 2018, 6am PDT
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Sept. 25, followed by a massive tsunami. Soil liquefaction caused by the tremor resulted in 1,700 homes being "swallowed" as the soil shifted. Deaths exceeded 1,400 on Oct. 3.
The Independent
September 7, 2018, 5am PDT
Violations of the building code go unenforced in New York City.
Crain's New York Business
June 19, 2018, 7am PDT
Two organizations representing the development industry have released a report to highlight the costs of doing business.
National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing
May 20, 2018, 1pm PDT
Revisiting one day in 2012, a reporter finds that many of the Dallas-Fort Worth areas affected by the storms were barely inhabited 20 years ago.
The Texas Tribune
February 16, 2018, 8am PST
How many now-classic design features are actually tax-avoidance strategies?
99% Invisible
December 11, 2017, 9am PST
As the state's worst wildfire season ever refuses to end, an analyst from UCLA considers how land use and building codes determine the location and extent of the damage.
The Conversation
October 22, 2017, 1pm PDT
The infrastructure to support a world full of electric cars isn't going to build itself.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
October 20, 2017, 9am PDT
The Wine Country wildfires destroyed Coffey Park, a subdivision within the urban boundaries of the Bay Area's fifth largest city, and outside of the state's severe fire hazard zones. But the cause wasn't a mystery to wildland fire scientists.
Los Angeles Times
September 25, 2017, 10am PDT
As the death toll from Mexico's 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Sept. 19 climbs above 300, the San Francisco Chronicle investigates how well prepared the Bay Area is for an earthquake of comparable magnitude. Not very well.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2017, 2pm PDT
The epicenter of Tuesday's quake was in the state of Puebla, 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. Soft soil and unreinforced buildings magnified the damage. The quake comes two weeks after an 8.1 quake struck off the coast of the state of Oaxaca.
The Washington Post
September 8, 2017, 2pm PDT
As Irma leaves the Caribbean and heads for Florida, with landfall expected this weekend, there is a lot to worry about: New building codes will be put to test, fuel to evacuate is in short supply, and cranes have not been dismantled.
The New York Times
June 16, 2017, 9am PDT
A city controller's audit finds lots of room for improvement at the Houston Fire Department's Life Safety Bureau.
The Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2017, 1pm PDT
Fire safety experts are rushing to explain the horrific scene in London's Kensington neighborhood last night—after a fire destroyed a residential high rise. The building was recently retrofitted to meet efficiency standards.
The Guardian
June 7, 2017, 2pm PDT
Portland, Oregon lives up to its reputation as a testing ground for urbanism innovation by approving what will become the nation's tallest wood framed building.
The Oregonian
May 1, 2017, 10am PDT
Reconciling accessibility and safety with costs and innovation in the Golden State.
The Bay City Beacon