INDUSTRY NEWS & NOTES
LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT
A federal grant program to assist communities as they
adopt and administer construction safety codes that protect property and the public was re-introduced in the
U.S. Congress with bipartisan support in May. The House
passed a similar measure in a previous legislative session,
but the measure derailed as Congress turned its attention
to battling the economic crisis.
The Community Building Code Administration Grant
Act authorizes $20 million annually from 2010 to 2014
for the grant program. The grant is supported by the
International Code Council, an association that develops
safety codes used to construct residential and commercial
buildings. Other supporters include the American Institute
of Architects, the American Society of Civil Engineers,
the International Fire Code Council, the Alliance to Save
Energy and the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building in New York City
will undergo an energy efficiency retrofit as
part of a $500 million planned upgrade to the
famous office building.
The program is expected to reduce energy
use by up to 38 percent and save an estimated
$4.4 million in annual energy costs. Work has
already commenced, and building systems
work is slated to be completed by the end of
2010. The balance of the work in tenant spaces
should be concluded by end of 2013.
For additional information on the retrofit visit