Over the summer, the U.S. eclipsed 2 million HERS rated homes, with rated homes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to research done by the National Renewable Energy Labs, HERS rated homes made up 22 percent of all new homes in 2016.
The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE).
The US EPA has proposed additional revisions to the final rule regarding formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. The revisions, published on October 25th, update references to voluntary consensus standards on emission testing methods and product construction characteristics.
“Five years after Hurricane Sandy—and in the wake of a brutal hurricane season—architects face both forward and backward momentum in their efforts to champion resilient design standards.”
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The long awaited 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and filed with the Secretary of State, to become effective October 20, 2017. The “concurrency period,” during which applications for building permits can be filed under either the 8th or 9th Editions of the Building Code, will commence on October 20, 2017 and expire on January 1, 2018.
In the 20+ years since the U.S. Green Building Council first developed its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the nation’s LEED-certified construction volume has grown to comprise about 40% of green constructions’s contribution to the economy, according to the USGBC’s Leticia McCadden.
As recovery and rebuilding efforts begin in Texas and Florida following devastating hurricanes, many may wonder if EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule still applies to these post-disaster renovations.
As Floridian’s recover from Hurricane Irma, preliminary evidence shows that homes built in compliance with the state’s toughened building codes sustained less storm damage than other homes. Rusty Payton, chief executive of the Florida Home Builders Association, told the Wall Street Journal that while further assessment is needed, it appears the state’s stricter set of construction standards “did it’s job”
Update: Comments Closed as of 10/23/17
WMA’s Voluntary Standard, ANSI/WMA 100-2016, “Standard Method of Determining Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution” is undergoing a 5-year revision cycle pursuant to ANSI’s periodic standard maintenance requirements.
Several revisions were proposed by WMA’s Industry Standards and Certification Committee (ISCC) and a public comment period was conducted in May/June to allow for the review and comment of the draft standard which incorporated these revisions.
In July/August, the ISCC made additional revisions to the draft standard based on comments received from the WMA Consensus Body, which is the voting committee of interested parties that also reviewed, commented, and voted on the draft in June.
These additional revisions are available for review and public comment until October 1, 2017, and they can be accessed here. Comments for this recirculation should be emailed to Jessica Ferris, Director of Codes and Standards.
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