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ICC, ADA celebrate 25 years of accessibility
Civil+Structural Engineer
July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. The ADA has expanded opportunities for persons with disabilities by reducing barriers in places of employment, state and local government services, transportation and the built environment. The law allows equal access to buildings and facilities where people live, work, play and go to school.
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Survey: Managers tackle growing regulatory compliance challenges
Facilitiesnet
As maintenance and engineering managers continue to face pressing daily challenges such as cost containment and staffing, regulatory compliance ranks high on their priority lists, and this emphasis only figures to increase over the next year, according to a new survey. Managers responding to a Facility Maintenance Decisions survey on regulatory compliance offered their insights about the future of regulatory compliance and its impact on their departments.
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Where is solar power headed?
Columbia University via Phys.org
Most experts agree that to have a shot at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, we need to extricate our society from fossil fuels and ramp up our use of renewable energy. On July 7, President Barack Obama announced a new initiative to increase access to solar power for all Americans. The effort will help states develop community solar programs, install 300 megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing, coordinate with various groups in 20 states to establish 260 solar energy projects, and provide training and opportunities for jobs in solar energy.
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Why do property managers waste so much energy on air conditioning?
National Real Estate Investor
Now that it's mid-July, the height of summer, chances are your workplace's air-conditioned temperature is so low you're wearing multiple layers. And that's despite the fact that many parts of the United States have yet to see a heatwave. "Why is America so over air-conditioned?" the New York Times asked recently.
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How to avoid common plumbing problems in multifamily complexes
Anta Plumbing Inc.
While all plumbing systems are fundamentally the same, a single backed up sink in a condo complex can cause all kinds of problems for not only one family, but for many residents in the same multifamily housing system. As a home owner or manager of any multifamily housing complex, it is important to take precautions that can help prevent such issues and keep the residents comfortable and the building in good condition.
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Deadly Berkeley balcony collapse prompts code changes
Engineering News-Record
The city of Berkeley, California, has implemented a host of new construction ordinances intended to prevent future balcony collapses like the one that killed six young people and injured seven more June 16. According to a report released June 23 by city's Building and Safety staff, the structural collapse of the fourth-floor cantilevered balcony occurred because "the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry-rotted."
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Smarter window materials can control light, energy
University of Texas at Austin via ScienceDaily
Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin are one step closer to delivering smart windows with a new level of energy efficiency, engineering materials that allow windows to reveal light without transferring heat and, conversely, to block light while allowing heat transmission, as described in two new research papers. By allowing indoor occupants to more precisely control the energy and sunlight passing through a window, the new materials could significantly reduce costs for heating and cooling buildings.
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Water suppliers look at weapon against water hogs
Eureka Times-Standard
It's a question that keeps coming up as California's drought drags on: What should cities and water agencies do about the most egregious water wasters? You know them. The neighbor always hosing down the sidewalk. The rich guy who waters his lawn every day and laughs at the fines. The callous guzzler, thumbing his nose at the rest of us dutifully putting buckets in our showers. Well, some water providers have a secret weapon. It's called a flow restrictor.
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