Codes and Standards

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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Single-Point vs. Multi-point Blower Door Testing

Randy Williams explains the difference in these two types of tests, and when it's... More

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Video: 4 tips for better tankless water heater venting

Learn how to reduce tankless water heater installation cost and improve... More

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The Cocoanut Grove Fire, Lessons Learned

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S.... More

Dropping the Deck Ledger

Glenn Mathewson explains how to frame a deck that is flush with the first floor... More

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Inspecting the Inspectors

We asked our readers to weigh in on the building code enforcement process in the... More

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Building a ‘Removable’ Deck

How an engineered design with unusually beefy cantilevered beams allowed part of... More

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5 Resources Every Builder Should Know About

Helpful tools for constructing resilient, cost-effective, code-compliant homes. More

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Setting Up a Home for a Blower Door Test

Blower door testing a home requires much more than simply setting up the equipment... More

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