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Codes & Standards News 2017-07-11T15:19:01+00:00

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HERS Rates Homes Hit 22%

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 rates homes made up 22% of all new homes in 2016.

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September 28th, 2017|

The Top U.S. Cities for LEED-Certified Construction

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.

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September 28th, 2017|

Stricter building codes apparently passed Irma’s test

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”

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September 22nd, 2017|

WMA 100 Revisions

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.

To order the current edition of the ANSI/WMA 100, click here.

September 7th, 2017|

The EPA is Rolling Back Regulations on Potentially Harmful Chemicals

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would fast-track approval for new chemicals previously slated for wide-ranging safety reviews under an overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) passed by Congress last year, prompting protests from environmental advocates and some sustainable design groups.  EPA representatives said the agency is cutting red tape and making it easier for chemicals manufacturers to get new products on the market, but some are accusing the EPA of putting industry demands above public health.

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August 22nd, 2017|