Building Codes: Driving Growth through Innovation, Resilience and SafetyResilient and energy efficient building were once thought to be the elite ways to construct a new structure. Today, it is the standard way to build for communities that want to grow, prosper and be safe.
Code Enforcement Is Vital to Community DevelopmentOlder neighborhoods especially need to rely on code enforcement to make sure that buildings are maintained sufficiently to keep up property values and also to keep pace with new technologies and safety research.
Top Six Reasons Your Community Should Have a Climate Adaptation StrategyIs your local government ready to tackle the challenges that come with climate change?
Online Permits Give Citizens Efficiency They ExpectThe business process of permitting is increasingly moving online, spurred on by demands from citizens who want governments to adopt some of the simplified online interactions now common in the business world
No, Zoning Reform Isn’t Magic. But It’s Crucial.The finding of a new study—that upzoning didn’t quickly increase development in areas of Chicago—shouldn’t make zoning reform any less of a priority.
NIBS releases report on existing buildingsExisting buildings can become a drag on communities and the economy if they no longer meet the needs of today’s society. Policymakers, building tenants and owners are placing increased emphasis on the performance of buildings, including sustainability, health and resilience. The existing building stock must be prepared to respond.
Reducing Land Use Conflicts through Collaborative EasementsDevelopers have to push their activities closer to existing industrial, mining, rail, and other nonresidential uses. The challenge for all parties is to find strategies that allow construction of more housing while protecting existing users.
Seagrass: A Resilient and Sustainable Option in Coastal DefenseNew research suggests that seagrass beds are so effective in protecting tropical beaches from erosion that they can reduce the need for regular, expensive beach nourishment.