SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he wants to see Californians "harden" their homes to protect them from deadly wildfires, but he declined Thursday to endorse a proposed $1...
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital have arrested two of the owners of a commercial complex that caught fire this past week, killing 26 people and injuring about 70, an...
BOSTON (AP) — Environmental advocates are pressing for an increase in the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in Massachusetts.
The Latest: Seismic expert: Alaska uses stringent standards
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the Alaska earthquakes (all times local):
A seismic expert says Alaska and California use the most stringent standards to help buildings withstand earthquakes like the one that struck Anchorage.
There was minimal structural damage Friday to Anchorage buildings, though some major roadways will need significant repairs.
Michael lays bare Panhandle’s weaker building codes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Unlike in South Florida, homes in the state's Panhandle did not have tighter building codes until just 11 years ago; it was once argued that acres of forests would provide the region with a natural barrier against the savage winds of a hurricane.
Florida Panhandle building codes lagged behind rest of state
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — It was once argued that the trees would help save Florida's Panhandle from the fury of a hurricane, as the acres of forests in the region would provide a natural barrier to savage winds that accompany the deadly storms.
It's part of the reason that tighter building codes — mandatory in places such as South Florida — were not put in place for most of this region until just 11 years ago.
Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Throughout Mexico City, uninhabited buildings with gaping cracks lean at precarious angles and some displaced people are still living outdoors a year after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed 228 people in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Even Father Jesus isn't above the law of man.
A Mississippi city has denied a proposal for a church by a man named Father Jesus, saying he failed to have a professional engineer draw up the plans.
Jesus said the church he's calling "Saints of the Most High" wouldn't be very big -- just 12-feet by 24-feet (27 sq. meters), and he'd begin with just three members.
Bill addressing Idaho’s building codes to be amended
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Idaho lawmakers are hoping to tweak a proposal banning local cities and counties from adopting residential building code provisions that are more stringent than those already approved by the state.
The Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday agreed to send HB 547 to be amended by the full Senate.
For more than five years, visitors have been pulling into Agrarian Ales’ 12-acre farm north of Eugene for fresh brewed beer and wood-fired pizzas.
But last month, a 1,500-square-foot enclosed dining area became the focal point in a dispute with Lane County officials over building codes and land use regulations that has spilled into the public.
Bill addressing building codes heads to Idaho Senate
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's House has approved legislation banning local cities and counties from adopting residential building code provisions that are more stringent than those already approved by the state.
An Allen County Building Department inspection Wednesday found a "baby box" can stay at the Woodburn fire station, even though it didn't have proper permits when it was installed.
John Caywood, building department commissioner, told The Journal Gazette the inspection found the device as installed complied with the county building code. An inspector was sent to the site after a complaint alleged the lack of permits made the box illegal and it should be removed.
Tiny homes see roadblock in Cape Cod
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The tiny home movement has really taken off, except that no one on Cape Cod or the Islands has been able to legally live in one.
Even on Nantucket, which passed a bylaw allowing tiny homes in 2016, none have been permitted because state building codes still make them illegal, said Andrew Vorce, Nantucket's town planner.
It's no different in any other town.
"The (state) building code is where the real bump in the road is," said Victor Staley, Brewster's building inspector.
KINGMAN — The first of five public meetings on a proposed increase in building and zoning fees will be held Tuesday in Bullhead City.
Mohave County supervisors will take comments on the proposed fee increases for building permits in the development services department, planning and zoning fees and restructuring automation fees.
Lincoln officials expected to approve tiny house rules
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln officials are expected to approve city building code changes that would allow some residents to build tiny homes, guest houses and small studios on their property.
Settlement near in suit over Lexington condominium complex
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has given preliminary approval to a proposed settlement agreement in a lawsuit over the design, construction and maintenance of a Lexington condominium complex.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the condo owners alleged poor construction, negligence and building code violations in the complex near the University of Kentucky.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
5 YEARS AFTER SANDY, NJ NOT READY FOR NEXT BIG ONE, Oct. 31
Five years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the New Jersey Shore. Billions have been spent to rebuild what was damaged or destroyed, but hardly enough has been done to protect New Jersey from the next big one.
- Dixon TelegraphDixon considers creating municipal courtApril 4, 2019
- Rome News-TribuneRethink Rockmart celebrates new hire for city code enforcementMarch 31, 2019
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceShooting Incident Highlights Dangers For Zoning OfficersNovember 29, 2018
- Houston ChronicleKaty updates building, electrical codesOctober 29, 2018
Engineers: lives lost in Mexico quake could have been saved
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of the buildings that collapsed in Mexico City's monstrous earthquake last month were built using a construction method that is now forbidden in seismic hotspots in the United States, Chile and New Zealand, according to new data compiled by a team of structural engineers at Stanford University.
Preliminary flood-risk maps raise insurance and building code concerns along South Carolina coast
New Federal Emergency Management Agency flood-risk maps will change what some South Carolina residents pay for flood insurance, as properties are shown to have greater or lesser risk than previously thought.
In some cites along the coast, the still-pending maps have caused great concern, but for different reasons. In some areas, officials think the maps show too little flood risk; in others, too much.
Supporters of tiny houses make case for new rules in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Supporters of "tiny houses" say the state should adopt guidelines that make the small, non-traditional dwellings easier to build and own in the state.
Maine's Technical Building Codes and Standards Board held a hearing on Monday where residents said they were in favor of the state adopting its first guidelines about the tiny houses. The hearing happened following a legislative push by Democratic Rep. Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, who supports tiny houses.
Lyda Ruijter op-ed: The town clerk’s office re-imagined
The Reform Stamford group is raising awareness of the entrenchment of the local political system.
Planning and Zoning Board meetings are attended by overflow crowds of citizens trying to block yet another quick zoning change to allow a developer to erect another outsized building. Heightened activism is drawing attention to ongoing pollution of the groundwater and the Sound by sloppy work by developers.
Irma could test strength of Florida’s strict building codes
MIAMI (AP) — After a catastrophic Hurricane Andrew revealed how lax building codes had become in the country's most storm-prone state, Florida began requiring sturdier construction. Now, experts say a monstrously strong Hurricane Irma could become the most serious test of Florida's storm-worthiness since the 1992 disaster.
The Corinth Board of Aldermen continued a firm stance against allowing mobile homes to locate in the city as a variance request came before the latest session of the board. John Owens sought a zoning variance to allow a mobile home to be placed on property of about 13 acres in an R-2 residential district at or about 3203 Glover Drive. The area is near U.S. Highway 45 and the Gospel Tabernacle Church and is at the dead end of the road. The city’s board of adjustment recommended approval of the...
Garfield County clears way for tiny homes
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Tiny homes are coming to Garfield County as commissioners have approved land use and building codes that allow the small dwellings in unincorporated parts of the county.
The Post Independent reports (http://bit.ly/2nUb5qE ) that the commissioners ended requirements that single-family homes be at least 20 feet long by 20 feet wide. They also changed building codes to allow ladders in lieu of full staircases.
La PORTE — A local measure to require carbon monoxide detectors in new homes continues to find support with the La Porte City Council, even as state officials work to incorporate such a measure into Indiana building codes.
Council members tweaked the wording and will hear the amendment again at their next meeting in April to give builders and others time to weigh in.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters say a South Carolina bill that lets football stadiums bypass international building codes stops taxpayers' money from being flushed down too many toilets.
The bill, approved by the House 101-0 last week, reduces the number of restrooms required in newly built or renovated stadiums for middle and high school sports.
When Rebecca Dow decided to run for the state House of Representatives, she drove around her sprawling district and saw run-down vacant buildings in communities, often in or near downtowns.
Dow, a Republican from Truth or Consequences, is now serving her first term in the House, and she has a plan to get businesses into those shuttered buildings instead of signing leases for newer properties on the outskirts of small towns.
Denver requiring single bathrooms to be gender-neutral
DENVER (AP) — Denver is joining other cities around the country in requiring that standalone public bathrooms be open to anyone who wants to use them.
City councilors unanimously approved a change to the city's building code on Monday requiring that all new and existing bathrooms be labeled with signs designating them as gender neutral. Bathrooms that have more than one stall will remain labeled as being for men or for women only.
Reader View: In the governor’s waning days, time for a new approach
Gov. Susana Martinez’s economic and environmental agenda has failed. The electorate recognized that failure this year and elected Democratic majorities in both the state House and Senate. Now it’s up to Democrats to send Gov. Martinez bills that offer her a chance, in her last two years, to try something new.
Fort Worth shelter provision to inflate school building cost
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The cost to build new schools in at least one Texas city could rise as much as 30 percent as officials look to comply with new building codes requiring storm shelters.
Fort Worth leaders are expected to adopt an updated code based in part on Federal Emergency Management Agency recommendations that new schools with at least 50 students have a designated shelter.
Study says region’s earthquake risk overstated
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A new study in Kentucky says U.S. Geological Survey maps overstate the earthquake hazard for the central United States, resulting in overly stringent building codes and policies.
That conclusion is from the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky, The Paducah Sun (http://bit.ly/2ePkQi5) reported.
Klamath County commissioners have put some bite back in their building codes after they approved an ordinance allowing a hearings officer to return to the county.
Approved during commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday, the ordinance brings the county into compliance with a new Oregon law mandating the appeals process for those cited for building violations.
“This gives more teeth to the department so they can enforce regulations,” said Commissioner Tom Mallams.
Virginia rescinds strict building codes for abortion clinics
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Board of Health has voted to scale back strict building codes and other rules governing the state's abortion clinics.
Monday's vote reversed regulations enacted under former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. They required facilities to follow hospital-like outpatient standards and other rules. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar regulations in Texas in June.
Va. officials to revisit restrictions on abortion clinics
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are re-visiting building codes and other restrictions on state abortion clinics that were approved by former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Officials push for statewide energy codes in South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Some building industry officials want South Dakota to enact statewide energy codes that commercial builders would be required to meet.
In return for federal stimulus money in 2009, the state said it would work toward building codes aimed at making new homes and commercial buildings more energy-efficient, the Argus Leader (http://argusne.ws/2aXI7xs ) reported. A 2017 deadline looms.
The developer of one of four Twin Cities apartment buildings suspected of being built with lumber that doesn’t meet state building codes has fired its general contractor.
Golden Villas, the Excelsior firm that’s building Hello Apartments in Golden Valley, said Thursday it will replace contractor Big-D Construction of Salt Lake City with Frana Cos., a Twin Cities-based firm.
“On Big-D’s watch, lumber that was not approved or code-compliant was used on the...