Building Codes

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
December 16, 2016, 8am PST
Already, the Ghost Ship tragedy is being used as a justification for code enforcement crackdowns that will likely further gentrification. But how can we combat gentrification and displacement and improve safety at the same time?
Shelterforce/Rooflines
November 5, 2016, 9am PDT
Santa Monica is the first city in California to adopt an ordinance requiring new single-family homes be built to net-zero energy standards.
Construction Dive
September 1, 2016, 7am PDT
In an era where cities all over the world are allowing larger and taller wood-framed buildings, the city of Sandy Springs just approved sweeping limitations on the construction practice.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 31, 2016, 10am PDT
On the promise of ownership, rent-to-own landlords make tenants pay for repairs. And on the lower end, homes often come with code violations built in. This market's legal grey spaces distinctly echo 2008.
New York Times
May 12, 2016, 5am PDT
Some code violation controversies must be reported by The Washington Post to be believed.
The Washington Post
March 3, 2016, 10am PST
When it comes to housing construction, the best intentions of regulators aren't always enough to sway the market.
Metro News
October 1, 2015, 2pm PDT
Many people outside of Salt Lake City might not realize that the city's proximity to the Wasatch Fault puts it at risk for an earthquake likely in the range of 7.1 on the Richter scale.
Next City
September 24, 2015, 6am PDT
Germany has reformed building codes in a marshaling of political will known as the "Culture of Welcome" for an expected one million refugees. German cities, many of them shrinking for decades, see the refugees as an opportunity and a responsibility.
The Globe and Mail
June 3, 2015, 11am PDT
Washington D.C. must wrap up its consideration of the 2015 International Building Code by July. Adoption of the IBC could enable new types of density in the nation's capital.
Greater Greater Washington
March 3, 2015, 6am PST
A proposed development in in the North Loop section of Minneapolis would be the first of its kind. According to the architect behind the design, the "T3" project, as its known, could be a harbinger of buildings to come.
MinnPost
January 5, 2015, 5am PST
The beginning of 2015 saw changes to Toronto's building code that will allow wood construction up to six stories. Supporters of the code change see multiple potential benefits from the code change.
Metro News
August 28, 2014, 2pm PDT
Buildings constructed of unreinforced masonry get much if not most of the media's attention on seismic safety, but so-called 'soft story' wood buildings, often with garages on the ground floor, compose the greatest numbers of vulnerable buildings.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 11, 2014, 5am PDT
Cities tend to attract Millennials, but as the saying goes, when they get older and start families, off they go to the suburbs! Seattle developer and author A-P Hurd promotes parking unbundling as a key strategy enabling families to remain in cities.
CityLab
May 12, 2014, 5am PDT
A bi-partisan Senate bill to dramatically reduce carbon emissions by increasing energy efficiency got caught-up in Keystone XL pipeline politics, while President Barak Obama pursued his own energy efficiency agenda at a Walmart in Mtn. View, Calif.
NPR
March 23, 2014, 7am PDT
Tiny houses aren’t just for eco-warriors. They can also be a means for homeless and mentally ill individuals to reenter mainstream society.
Grist
January 24, 2013, 10am PST
"Canada is getting hotter faster than ever before and at a faster rate than almost any other country," reports Anna Mehler Paperny, and the country's infrastructure, public health, and economy are vulnerable to unforeseen impacts.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)