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New building codes introduce stricter standards

New building codes introduce stricter standards

New building codes introduce stricter standards

Recent building codes are growing more demanding of builders, meaning that using higher quality products is becoming a must.

New building codes have taken effect across the country, meaning that those in construction should be sure to examine how the new requirements will affect their approach to new buildings. These codes are put in place to ensure that energy use in these facilities is conserved and that people are living in safe and comfortable environments.

The 2012 Codes
The International Energy Conservation Codes for 2012 have been passed for sometime but have been staggered in their official implementation. Green Building Advisor explains that the codes, on the whole, require new buildings to be better about conserving energy, through the use of a tighter envelope, tighter ducts, and more efficient lighting and windows.

The idea of these requirements in many cases is to prevent air leaking from the various holes and cracks that could arise in a new facility. One of the best ways to limit these kinds of inefficiencies from occurring is through the use of sealing products.

Sealing up holes
Spray foam insulation is one way in which many builders are looking to address this issue. Matt Risinger explains that because of the various climate zones throughout the country, the requirements for an adequate spray foam operation can change dramatically. The needs for insulation in warm Austin, Texas, will certainly differ from those of the more northern city of Buffalo, New York.

He explains that in Austin, requirements for spray foam under the roof deck have moved from R-21 to R-25. When building his homes, Risinger likes to use open cell foam to line the structure with about 5.5 inches of inside roof line in order to make code.

When working on his walls, he prefers to use total fill BIBS or Spray Foam to make sure that he meets the R-15 codes for 2×4 walls.

Successful installations
Other pieces of home equipment can also help comply with these new codes. For instance, more energy efficient windows can make a huge difference in how much air escapes through its cracks.

For this reason, is it important to make sure that the proper tools are used to make sure that they are secured in place and limit the possibility of drafts and leaks.

With electricity prices growing more difficult to predict throughout the country, taking these steps can help ensure that new home and building owners are able to live and work in a quality, energy- efficient building.