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ICC Tentatively Disapproves Controversial Proposal Barring Use of Fire-Retardant Wood in Certain Structures

NAHB, American Wood Council among groups that cried out against the idea Read more

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Builders Aim to Enlist Local Code Officials to Influence ICC Changes

Online voting gives voice to a silent majority NAHB hopes will act more reasonably Read more

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How Energy Codes for New Buildings Can Apply to Existing Homes

Using the International Energy Conservation Code as a guide for improving existing buildings. Read more

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Energy Codes as They Apply to Existing Homes

Using the International Energy Conservation Code as a guide for improving existing buildings. Read more

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Testing the Envelope: 2012 Energy Code Testing Details Testing the Envelope: 2012 Energy Code Testing Details

The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code includes mandatory pressure and duct testing. Here are the details. Read more

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Updated Energy Codes Stress 30% Energy Savings Goals -- How Will This Affect Remodelers?

Assessing the effects of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code on the remodeling industry. Read more

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Making Sense of All the Available Green Certifications

Sustainable building certifications are many and varied. We help you make sense of the options available. Read more

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Southern Pine 2x4 Lumber Downgraded

It's official: effective June 1, Southern Pine #2 2x4 lumber has been downgraded. Testing of randomly sampled 2x4s from sawmills across the Southern Pine-producing region has shown that the strength of the lumber has declined significantly since the official design values were published several decades ago. As a result of the new testing, official "design values" for Southern Pine #2 2x4 wood have dropped by about 30%. Read more

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Undercurrents of Conflict in Energy Efficiency Goals
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New Air Sealing Requirements in the International Residential Code
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