Bait-and-Switch Home Lending Loophole will Close in August

Predatory lending and bad faith contracts will be minimized by changes that are coming in August. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Ever since bad faith contracts and predatory-lending tactics caused real estate crash of 2008, reforms in the home lending-and-borrowing process … Continue reading

Innovative Retrofits Prevent Concrete Catastrophe During Quakes

Concrete low-rise construction is very popular in the U.S., but  older structures pose serious threats during an earthquake. An “alarming number” of low-rise concrete structures located in major earthquake zones have not been retrofitted for earthquake safety. Concrete buildings located … Continue reading

Florida Building Code Updates Kick In June 30th

After slipping to second place in the 2015 Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s ratings of hurricane building codes, Florida has passed measures to strengthen the code, which will likely return Florida to a #1 rating. These updates to … Continue reading

Austinites Protest Building Code Restrictions on Accessory Housing

Austin has been feeling a housing crunch for the past few years now, and as the tech explosion continues to bring transplants to Austin, it’s only getting worse. Many homes in Austin feature “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs)—also known as granny … Continue reading

Stronger Building Codes Lessen Disaster Impact on Whole Community

Natural disasters are dangerous, unpredictable, and damaging. They cost upwards of $ 110 billion in economic impact and property damage in the U.S. each year. While it is unlikely humanity will harness the weather to keep such occurrences from happening, … Continue reading

May is Building Safety Month

This Friday marks the kickoff of Building Safety Month, the International Code Council’s annual safety awareness event. The purpose of the event is to bring safety professionals together with community members to promote an understanding of the building code, demonstrate … Continue reading

Florida Hurricane Building Codes Lose Ground in 2015 Ratings

2015 saw the state of Florida slip to second place in the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s ratings of hurricane building codes. The 2015 update of the original report came during the opening session of the National Hurricane … Continue reading

NDAA-Based Changes to Subcontracting Rule Will Affect Set-Asides

At the end of December 2014, the Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule to implement provisions of 2013’s National Defense Authorization Act which require significant modifications to the subcontracting limitations for small business concerns. Specifically, the modifications concern the Limitations … Continue reading

Free Tutorial Primer on LEEDv4

As we here at HBW have blogged about before, the LEEDv4 standards are significantly more complex than the current LEED 2009 standards. The complexities are so significant that the USGBC extended its deadline for the standards changeover until 2016. One … Continue reading