Codes and Standards

A Code-Compliant Approach to Multistory Deck Construction

An engineer explains how to apply the tributary-area approach contained within IRC... More

Diagonal Bracing on an Elevated Deck

Here's how to brace the corner posts, and why you shouldn't brace those... More

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Upgrade clients to high-efficiency heating systems to increase indoor air quality and value

Contractors can deliver HVAC solutions that meet property owners’ goals while... More

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OSB and Plywood Sheathing as Air Barriers

OSB and plywood panels are part of a simple, strong, code-recognized air barrier... More

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Guidance to Compliance: Navigating IRC Wall Bracing Requirements

Handy tools and resources to help builders navigate current code requirements to... More

What to Expect for Decks in the 2024 IRC

Glenn Mathewson breaks down coming changes to the deck code in the next edition of... More

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Looking Ahead to the 2024 IRC

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

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Installation Considerations for Indoor/Outdoor Fireplaces

Fireplaces enjoyed indoors and out are a desirable amenity. Here's how to install... More

Burying 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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