Building Codes

The following article summarizes a move by the fire service industry to curtail the use of wood in framing larger apartment buildings in New Jersey.  This is an effort SBCA has been opposed to through several legislative NJ sessions and, thankfully, this legislation has repeatedly failed to gain traction with lawmakers.

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched LEED Zero, a new program that will address net zero operations and resources in buildings.

Efficiency Canada, an operating unit of the Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre, released a new report entitled, "Building a Competitive Economy Through Energy Efficiency," which lays out an energy efficiency strategy for Canada's Budget 2019.

Just into the Francis Marion National Forest, a builder has spent two years constructing energy-efficient 1,700-2,400-square-foot homes costing $290,000-$320,000.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new certification that rewards net-zero carbon, energy, water, or waste.

Christened the “Sand Palace” by its owners, the blocky beach home survived not by luck or magic, but good design. Here’s how—with money and expertise—the crew outmaneuvered Hurricane Michael, and made this home a model of resilient architecture.

Christened the “Sand Palace” by its owners, the blocky beach home survived not by luck or magic, but good design. Here’s how—with money and expertise—the crew outmaneuvered Hurricane Michael, and made this home a model of resilient architecture.

Derek Fowler was training to become a professional chef. Jose Gomez intended to become a lawyer. Through a bit of chance and a lot of hard work, both men found themselves becoming successful insulation contractors instead. Today, both operate thriving companies in the Arizona/Nevada market. And both say their success is due to their ability to help customers meet increasing energy codes on tight timelines and budgets.

In fall of 2018, a floor collapsed at the clubhouse for the Woodlands Apartments on Old Greenville Highway in Clemson, South Carolina. The fact that dozens of young people were injured is a tragedy of the highest order.

The evidence supporting the effectiveness of NFPA 285 is very strong and history bears out this conclusion. Since its introduction in 1988, the NFPA 285 test has remained relatively unchanged, and 30 years of use has generated no evidence of any life safety deficiencies.