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  • Code Green

    Energy Is Only One Part of the Building Inspector’s World

    Recently a [Green Building Advisor blog post](node/16102) made some statements about the building inspector that, in my opinion, maligned the profession and were unwarranted. It occurred to me that if…

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    CODE TIP: Footing Drains and Foundation Waterproofing

    Building codes require perimeter drains around the outside of basement footings. They are not difficult to install properly before the foundation has been backfilled, but they are costly and disruptive…

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    Vapor Retarders

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…

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    Exceeding the Energy Code

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…

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    Insulating Mechanical Pipes

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…

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    Efficient Windows

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…

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    Mass Walls Increase Insulation Value

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…

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    Have a Building Code Question?

    At trade shows we ask customers and passersby what their biggest challenges are in green building. "Cost." "Wading through the greenwash" "Getting customers to buy into it." Those are a…

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    How Energy Efficient Is My Home?

    A newly adopted provision in the 2006 edition of the International Residential Code (IRC) requires that a permanent certificate be posted on the electrical distribution panel. This certificate is for…

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    Programmable Thermostats Save Energy Automatically

    9 Steps to A Greener Code New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As…