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The new building code in Palo Alto, Calif., requires all new buildings to accommodate solar panels and irrigation systems that rely on laundry water. All new single-family residences will have to dedicate 500 square feet on their roof surfaces to allow for solar panels.

Exceptions will be made in cases where the requirement could interfere with trees. All new construction will also have to accommodate later installation of "laundry-to-landscape ready" irrigation systems by including three-way diverter valves in the drain line of laundry fixtures.

The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy is working on a program to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of an energy ratings and certification program. 

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $4 million to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes.

Building America project teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three inter‐related core technical challenges: high performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to force the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate a proposed rule that would expand the definition of “waters” that are subject to the federal Clean Water Act.

Builders and others objected to the rule, saying it would include ponds, creeks, and ditches on private property and would require landowners to get federal permits before they could work around them. The vote means the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers will have to start over in their effort to update Clean Water Act rules.

The Rapid City, South Dakota City Council is considering a proposed building-code update that would require residential home builders to test soil conditions at each building site.

The problem: Expansive soils alternately shrink and swell during dry and wet spells, shifting homes and causing heaving floors and ruptured walls. Soil testing is already required for commercial structures in Rapid City.

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