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Partnership for Building Reuse Helps Support Code Change in Chicago

By Beth Mattson-Teig Editor's Note: There are almost 500,000 buildings in the city of Chicago. Nearly two-thirds were built before 1945. For years, an outdated city building code made repair of these buildings more expensive and time consuming than new construction projects. That will change...

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Forum Journal: ReUrbanism: Past Meets Future in American Cities (Vol. 31, No. 4)

This issue of the Forum Journal , published in partnership with CityLab , takes a deep dive into ReUrbanism—the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s commitment to pursuing reuse, reinvestment, and revitalization in cities. ReUrbanism holds that building reuse, which drives economic...

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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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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...

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...

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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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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Working With the Code Official

All too often building and fire codes are referred to as obstacles to the goals of historic preservation. Instead, I would suggest that preservationists have been impeded by an inability to integrate successfully two discrete sets of goals and concerns. My intent in this commentary is to argue...