Building Codes http://wesa.fm en With New Tools to Fight Blight, Communities Look to Arm Themselves to Reclaim Neighborhoods http://wesa.fm/post/new-tools-fight-blight-communities-look-arm-themselves-reclaim-neighborhoods <p><span style="color: rgb(86, 85, 89); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">With the heavily boarded up community of Homestead as a backdrop, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania released a toolkit to fight blight today.</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:23:11 +0000 Irina Zhorov 33191 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Mull Changes to How Building Code Panel Operates http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-mull-changes-how-building-code-panel-operates <p>The state commission tasked with reviewing updates to Pennsylvania’s building codes may be in for a few tweaks in its operating procedure.<br><br>A 2011 law shifted the process for the panel to make it easier to reject than accept code updates, like energy efficiency and safety requirements.<br><br>Subsequently, the panel rejected all the most recent round of code updates, citing an inability to find consensus on some and an accumulation of too many costly updates over time.<br> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:25:03 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 14436 at http://wesa.fm