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Coastal Contractor Codes & Regulations

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    Installing Impact Zone Windows

    A growing number of state and local codes call for impact zone windows in construction near the shore—windows made of shatterproof laminated glass that won't succumb to the flying debris generated by a hurricane. But even the strongest window will fail if not properly installed. Manufacturers'...

     
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    Raised Floors for the Low Country

    Elevated floors on pier foundations are mandated in V zones and recommended in coastal A zones. But the moisture and energy details can be a head-scratcher. Whether a builder places the floor system on pier supports or on a perimeter stemwall, he has to face interrelated problems of air sealing...

     
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    Letters

    Manufacturers Beyond Code ~ Connector Corrosion

     
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    Soundings

    Storm-Water Regs Grow Up

     
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    Wild Winds and Rolling Waters

    Despite months of front-page Hurricane Katrina news coverage in 2005, building codes and enforcement practices continue to vary greatly. Moreover, surprisingly little is known about how hurricane winds pull apart and drive rain into homes — and what affordable measures can seal them tight. Plus...

     
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    From the Editor: Beyond Code

    Beyond Code

     
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    Breakline: Green Mandates

    Green Mandates ~ Mapping Disaster

     
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    Paint It Green

    As federal and state governments try to get a handle on the pollution problem and the impact of "volatile organic compounds," or VOCs, they're turning their attention to paint. A cascade of regulations, moving from the EPA down through regional commissions and finally taking effect at the state...

     
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    Solving the Uplift Puzzle

    Where the codes once concentrated mostly on verifying that buildings could handle gravity loads, now coastal homes must also resolve the complicated load effects associated with high winds: uplift, shear (or "racking"), sliding, and overturning. Ted Cushman takes a closer look at one kind of...

     
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    Tile Roofs for Hurricane Zones

    One of the most common problems found in the aftermath of hurricanes Frances, Charley, and Ivan was failure of the roofing system. The tile industry responded to the problem with new design criteria and installation details, which have since been added to the Florida Building Code. Charles Wardell...

     
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    Guest Editorial: Small Task, Big Reward

    Small Task, Big Reward

     
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    Breakline

    Restoring Trust - School of Demolition - Tougher Codes - High Hazard Study - Storm-Tracking Tools

     
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    Breakline

    Systems-Built Solutions - Code Option Flies Out the Window - Common Code Violations - 2005 Tropical Storm Summary

     
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    Breakline: The Other Coastal Crisis

    The Other Coastal Crisis - Thunderclouds Over Paradise

     
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    From the Editor

    We Know How to Do This

     
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    Vacation-Home Security

    The term “security system” takes on a meaning far beyond “burglar alarms” when you’re working on high-end beachfront resort homes that remain unoccupied for long periods. Such was the lesson learned when a fire devastated this historic house on Martha’s Vineyard. The rebuilt structure now includes...

     
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    Speccing Windows in High-Wind Zones

    In regions vulnerable to wind-borne debris and hurricane-force winds, the code offers more than one way for coastal builders to comply with new impact-resistance rules.

     
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    Breakline: Blowing Up the House

    Blowing Up the House - Beach renourishment - NOAA Alerts

     
 
 
 
 
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