Codes


High Performance Plus Solar

For reducing dependence on fossil fuels, solar is everyone’s darling, but when it comes to using it as a trade-off for a high-performance envelope, it…


The ICC’s Nightmare on Elm Street

The Trade-Off Loophole in the proposed 2018 IECC may earn first-ever “negative” determination from DOE.   In the 2009 IECC, the ICC’s Governmental Member Voting…


The New ERI Path

Section R406 of the 2015 IECC is a dramatic shift from public ownership to privatizing building energy code enforcement. Should we care?   For some…



Real Builders Respect Building Codes

  In his first column for the newly launched CodeWatcher magazine, Green Builder Media founder Ron Jones talks about builders’ reactions to regulation. If one…



Florida: Solar and Building Codes

Florida has until October 1 to decide whether onsite renewable power generation may be used for code compliance. Back in late March, the Green Builder Coalition reported…



New ICC CEU: Treated Wood for Decks

  A new ICC CEU is available on code compliant treated wood for residential deck construction. “Code Compliant Treated Wood for Residential Deck Construction” is…