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  • “Be reasonable, do it my way.” Have you ever heard that expression? I have known individuals who will say it with a chuckle, as if to indicate they are, of course, only joking. But over time you come to realize they were not joking. For these individuals, their way is the only reasonable way, any other way is unreasonable, and therefore not to be considered and to be dismissed. This... more »
  • As many of you are probably aware, the International Code Council is developing an International Green Construction Code. The IgCC is designed to provide a “codified” document that can be adopted if a jurisdiction wishes to mandate green construction. The IgCC differs from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. LEEDS is intended for use on a voluntary, project by... more »
  • While driving through central Illinois recently, I was struck by the beauty of a wind turbine farm. The vanes of the turbines responded to the movement of the wind over the open plains with grace and dignity, providing a visual indication of the wind’s movement that cannot otherwise be seen. The wind is like electricity and God–the primary evidence of its existence is in its effects.... more »
  • In the January/February issue, this column summarized what were considered at the time to be the finalized requirements for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, based on the 2010 ICC Group B- final action hearings which dealt with the IECC and the International Residential Code, among others. It turns out the decisions made during those hearings weren’t so final. Three appeals... more »
  • The 2012 editions of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code will soon be available. The target date for the publication of the 2012 editions of these code books by ICC is May 2011. An earlier date than in the past, the purpose of publishing the 2012 editions in May 2011 is twofold. One is to correspond with Building Safety... more »
  • Prior to the International Code Council final action hearings in October 2010, indications were that the energy conservation provisions of the 2012 International Codes might contain more than one set of prescriptive values for fenestration. Specifically, during the initial ICC code development hearings in Baltimore in 2009, one set of energy performance criteria was approved for residential... more »
  • I bought a car last spring that was rated 29 mpg highway. Now conventional wisdom is a new car will never actually achieve the performance rating given. Those numbers are for comparison only and “actual mileage may vary.” So imagine my surprise when, after returning from a road trip this summer over which my average speed exceeded 50 mph, I learned that my gas mileage for that trip... more »
  • My mother lives in a house that is over 100 years old. She chooses to live there because it is home. She also chooses to live there in part because the house is completely paid for, and has been for some time. But another reason she chooses to live there is the same reason she and my father choose to buy the house over 40 years ago–it’s a well built house in a good location. The... more »
  • After the May International Code Council Group A+ final action hearings, an AAMA member remarked to me, “I can’t remember the last time we had such a high rate of success at a code hearing.” I could. It was before energy conservation codes became as prominent as they are now. Codes were less a source of division within our industry. We were able to focus more on what we... more »
  • As some of you are probably aware, the International Code Council final action hearings on its Group A+ (non-energy) related proposals took place in May 2010 in Dallas.  What you may not have been aware of is that the final action on some of these proposals had already been determined well before the Dallas hearings began. Although the result was not finalized until the vote was taken on... more »