Building Codes

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Vapor Control in Cold Climates

Do the vapor barrier requirements in the IRC contradict the code's insulation... More

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Code-Built vs. Zero Energy Ready

In her latest post on the Queen of Zero project, Nicole Tysvaer examines what it... More

Right-Sizing Deck Beams

Mike Guertin breaks down how to read the new code tables and adjustments for... More

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Sleuthing Out Moisture

Bill Robinson explains how he conducts a building inspection on homes threatened... More

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Looking Ahead to the 2024 IRC

Glenn Matheson previews upcoming changes to the model residential building code,... More

Right-Sizing Deck Joists

Mike Guertin deciphers the ‘Maximum Deck Joist Span’ table in the 2021 IRC. More

New Code for Deck Support Posts Below Grade

Glenn Mathewson digs into the new code requirements for installing concrete... More

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How Close Can a Mantel Be to a Fireplace?

Different standards apply to mantel and surround clearances, depending on whether... More

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The Cocoanut Grove Fire, Lessons Learned

How a 1940s Boston nightclub fire impacted building and fire safety codes in... More

Dropping the Deck Ledger

A safe and efficient way make the deck flush with the first floor. More

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