Building codes interview & resources

Aloha, I am forwarding this interview and info to you although you are probably well abreast to the DCAT and their function in the Building code community. I think this interview is especially supportive as it was 1st published in the Building Standards magazine from the ICBO. I am a retired . . . → Read More: Building codes interview & resources

BUILDING CODES: BARRIERS TO GREEN INNOVATION

BUILDING CODES: BARRIERS TO GREEN INNOVATION A report by – http://www.dovetailinc.org/content/about-dovetail 18 OCTOBER 2011 Quotes Building codes ensure the health, safety and welfare of building users and the public. Unfortunately, many of today’s codes are prescriptive and based on traditional industry standards, thereby precluding innovative approaches to environmentally responsible design. An . . . → Read More: BUILDING CODES: BARRIERS TO GREEN INNOVATION

County Council Passes Controversial Building Code

West Hawaii Today  but not the Tribune covered the 270 demonstration and police presence at the meeting.  We don’t know why there was no story in the Tribune Herald! http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/council-passes-controversial-building-code-measure.html

Why have sustainable building code?

The unprecedented  Council debate on the budget clearly demonstrates the change in economics affecting Big Island residents. Many of us believe that this calls for some changes in our economic model and our current laws affecting building.  For the last year members of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance  (www. hawaiisustainablecommunity.org) have . . . → Read More: Why have sustainable building code?

What is this Bill 270?

Aloha fellow proposed  Bill 270 Building Code stakeholder This morning, June 7, 2011, the County Council heard the first reading of Bill 270 Proposed Building Code, Bill 269 Proposed Plumbing Code and  Bill 268 Proposed Electrical Code. Only 2 people spoke on Bill 270 and one each on the others.  All . . . → Read More: What is this Bill 270?

John’s testimony Bill 270

we need to create our own systems for determining what and how is built here – systems that suit our social, cultural, ecological and economic contexts, and that address our actual needs in terms of safety, affordability and other key issues to do with our built environment and land use policies. . . . → Read More: John’s testimony Bill 270

Graham’s testimony on Bill 270

I am writing as the Chairman of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance. We are a group of 250 Big island Residents formed a year ago with the initial focus to research, write and present an alternative code for Hawaii County. We have learned that we are not alone in this endeavor, . . . → Read More: Graham’s testimony on Bill 270

study why affordable housing is becoming less available

Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development signed a $34,000 consultant contract to study why affordable housing is becoming less available. see full story at http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/sections/commentary/their-views/why-housing-costs-so-much.html written by Ed Gutteling, vice president of the Conservative Forum for Hawaii. Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development signed a $34,000 consultant . . . → Read More: study why affordable housing is becoming less available

Testimony against Bill 270 more

Dear Council Members, I am writing in regards to Building Code Bill 270 that is currently being reviewed and in consideration of amending. I live rurally in Puna and have done so for the last 6 years on my land. I am a professional and have my own business, however, I . . . → Read More: Testimony against Bill 270 more

testimony against Bill 270 building codes

aloha, i am here to make comments on the proposed enforcement of building codes….me main objection to standard building codes is that it is one size fits all, and is geared toward consuming large amounts of expensive materials from far away….especially today, not all are in the same income bracket, so . . . → Read More: testimony against Bill 270 building codes