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Build Your Own Code

Nobody likes energy codes. This unfortunate fact maintains my popularity ratings, as a writer and enforcer of energy codes, down in the low single digits. Energy codes fall into the same category as speed limits ...

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Code Changes Encourage Innovative Products

Author: Elka Karl
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March 01, 2005

        Tired of telling your kids to turn off the lights? Now you may no longer have to—if you live in California. With the introduction of California’... [continue reading]

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IECC: Easier to Use and Enforce

Author: Susan Vogt
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November 01, 2004

        The International Codes Council (ICC) recently approved sweeping changes to the residential chapters of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the national model code that is the basis for ... [continue reading]

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Cheating - The Insulation Industry's Dirty Secret

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November 01, 2000

Major problems exist with the way some attic insulations are manufactured, labeled, and installed. An experienced insulation contractor, diagnostic technician, and building science educator sizes up the ongoing problem of cheating and offers specific recommendations to prevent it. [continue reading]

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California Building Codes Change

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

Last November, the California Energy Commission approved the 1998 version of the Alternative Calculation Methods (ACM) section of Title 24, which regulates the energy efficiency performance of new residential construction. [continue reading]

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States Ignore Building Codes

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

The International Code Council released its 1998 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) last spring (see "Energy Code Goes International," Sept/Oct '98, p. 7), but don't expect to see these codes affecting construction in your state soon. [continue reading]

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Energy Code Goes International

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September 01, 1998

The Model Energy Code (MEC) is a national standard. When local code jurisdictions are updating a building code, they can use MEC as a starting point for their energy efficiency requirements, saving them time and trouble. [continue reading]

How to start a Construction Business: Things to Consider

Jim Hughes

How to start a Construction Business: Things to Consider

Construction can be a rewarding business, especially for startups. This especially so due to the ever-growing need for housing as ...

Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Jim Gunshinan

Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

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