Codes and Standards

FEMA Study Shows Resilience Value of Building Codes but Understates Cost Impact

FEMA Study Shows Resilience Value of Building Codes but Understates Cost Impact

A new study by FEMA argues for adopting the latest editions of building codes without amendment to provisions relating to resilience – protection from earthquakes, floods and wind – but discounts the costs associated with building to newer codes.

Continue Reading »

Updated Residential Building Codes Coming Your Way Soon

Filed in Codes and Standards by on December 10, 2020 1 Comment
Updated Residential Building Codes Coming Your Way Soon

The International Code Council (ICC) will soon publish the 2021 edition of the International Residential Code® (IRC®), and many states and jurisdictions will begin considering plans next year to adopt or upgrade to the latest IRC and other I-Codes.

Continue Reading »

Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Solar Panels on a New Home: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Homes with solar photovoltaic panels (PV) can appeal to some new home buyers because of reduced electric bills and a lessened environmental impact. The decision to proceed with such a major investment, however, raises a question about the return on investment. Home Innovation Research Labs recently completed a study analyzing the cost effectiveness of rooftop solar PV across five different markets.

Continue Reading »

Interim Amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code Show Changes are Premature

Filed in Codes and Standards by on October 13, 2020 0 Comments
Interim Amendments to the 2020 National Electrical Code Show Changes are Premature

Since the release of the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) in August 2019, four states have adopted the new building codes, with 18 additional states in the process of adoption. But recent proposed amendments show that the early adoption of the 2020 NEC may have a detrimental impact on builders in states with the new requirements, as the code may change after certain conflicts were discovered.

Continue Reading »

ICC Board Issues Split Decision on NAHB Building Codes Appeals

Filed in Codes and Standards by on October 12, 2020 20 Comments
ICC Board Issues Split Decision on NAHB Building Codes Appeals

The International Code Council Board of Directors on Oct. 8 issued a final decision on the last two NAHB appeals to the 2021 building code development process.

Continue Reading »

White House Joins NAHB in Opposing House Energy Bill

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Housing Affordability by on September 24, 2020 1 Comment
White House Joins NAHB in Opposing House Energy Bill

The White House today joined NAHB in opposing House energy bill H.R. 4447 due in part to problematic language regarding building codes that would harm housing affordability.

Continue Reading »

ICC Board Agrees with NAHB on Codes Appeal

Filed in Codes and Standards by on September 24, 2020 12 Comments
ICC Board Agrees with NAHB on Codes Appeal

The ICC Board of Directors Wednesday agreed with NAHB’s appeal related to a proposed change to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) that dealt with the efficiency of water heaters.

Continue Reading »

EPA Finalizes Rule for New Regulatory Guidance Documents

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on September 17, 2020 0 Comments
EPA Finalizes Rule for New Regulatory Guidance Documents

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rulemaking on Sept. 14 that establishes new regulatory standards for all regulatory guidance documents.

Continue Reading »

Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

Filed in Advocacy, Environment, Housing Affordability by on September 16, 2020 0 Comments
Navigable Waters Protection Rule a Win for Housing Affordability, Regulatory Certainty

NAHB today told Congress that the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) that went into effect in June will help builders create more affordable housing options for hardworking American families while maintaining environmental protection of our nation’s waterways.

Continue Reading »

NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

NGBS and Energy Performance: Voluntary Green Standard Compared to Building Codes

With so many green rating systems available, understanding how each one compares to others is imperative for making a choice that works best for your project, climate zone and market. The recent release of the 2020 National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) provides a great opportunity to conduct a side-by-side comparison, starting with energy performance — an easy element to measure.

Continue Reading »