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America Saves Case Studies

The America Saves case studies present detailed information about the process of organizing a targeted small business energy efficiency program in the following three communities: Fond du Lac, WI Middlesboro, KY Hyde Jackson Square, Boston, MA Each program’s structure and motivation...

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Subdivision

Act of converting land into buildable lots. Ordinances generally set forth standards for layout of streets, utility systems, stormwater management, and so forth. Source: Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing...


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Comprehensive Plan

Official plan adopted by local governments that guides decision making over proposed public and private actions affecting community development. Source: Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources...


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Building Code

Rules established by local governments to regulate construction standards. The purpose of a building code is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of building size, use, occupancy, location, design, and construction. Source: Rypkema, Donovan D. ...


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Building Code

Law setting forth minimum standards for the construction and use of buildings to protect the public health and safety. Source : Miller, Julia H. A Layperson’s Guide to Historic Preservation Law: A Survey of Federal, State, and Local Laws Governing Historic Resources Protection . Washington,...


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Building Code Changes Impact Historic Buildings

The framework by which all U.S. buildings are regulated for building and fire safety is undergoing great change. For years many in the building industry have trumpeted the benefits that a single set of building and safety codes would bring to the entire design and construction industry. In early...


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Smart Codes: A New Approach to Building Codes

We all know it often makes good sense to restore and reuse-rather than replace-older buildings in downtowns and established neighborhoods. But the building and safety codes currently used in most states can discourage this. Developers and property owners who wish to build an addition, change...


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Cleveland: Our "Comeback" City Will Surprise You

In October of 2002, I hope you will come to the National Preservation Conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Cleveland, Ohio. I think you will be surprised and delighted with Cleveland - its downtown, neighborhoods, suburbs, and surrounding countryside. We have received a...


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Preservation at the Energy Code Table

By Ric Cochrane What the IECC changes mean for historic building owners. As the national desire to save energy and conserve natural resources reaches new levels, we are increasingly seeing new regulatory tools to quantify and track energy performance within buildings. This shift, which...

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