Codes and Standards

A Practical Guide to Building in Seismic Zones
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A Practical Guide to Building in Seismic Zones

Steel and framing hardware requirements demand a whole new approach to foundation... Read more

Massachusetts Court Clarifies Sprinkler Rule for Multifamily Remodels
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Massachusetts Court Clarifies Sprinkler Rule for Multifamily Remodels

Sprinklers required for major reconstruction projects Read more

Outer Banks Grapples With Mega-House Rule Dilemma
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Outer Banks Grapples With Mega-House Rule Dilemma

Policymakers are struggling to craft rules for huge rental properties on the beach Read more

Five Most Common Plumbing Code Violations
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Five Most Common Plumbing Code Violations

Red flags to watch before the next plumbing inspection. Read more

Fire Separation Walls
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Fire Separation Walls

These code-required assemblies can complicate construction, but they can also help... Read more

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Top Code Violations
Replacement Windows and the Code
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Replacement Windows and the Code

New provisions deal with EERO and fall-protection heights Read more

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Energy Codes Update

A sneak peek at the preliminary findings from the Dept. of Energy's field study. Read more

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Next Massachusetts Building Code Will Relax Some Wind Provisions

Coming in 2016, a code that eases off on window opening protection and the use of outside wind-design references. Read more

Maximum Length for Fixture Drains
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Maximum Length for Fixture Drains

To prevent a siphon from forming, make sure the drain pipe connects with the vent... Read more

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