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  • There is a time for planting and encouraging growth. A time to plant seeds or young saplings, water and nurture them, so that the young plants increase in size and become strong. And there is a time for trimming the new growth back, to control the growth, and to protect the plant from becoming overwhelmed by the sheer size and weight of its own increase in volume. I am speaking, of course, about... more »
  • There has been a lot of press lately about federal bailout programs. I don’t think any U.S. citizen would disagree that our economy could certainly use a shot in the arm. But as all of us have the right to ask, I can’t help but wondering to what extent should the government be involved in regulating trade? The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allocates $700 billion for use... more »
  • My one prediction for the International Code Council final action hearings that took place in Minneapolis in September was that they were going to be quite lively— particularly with regards to the energy code discussions. There were 27 public comments that dealt with maximum U-factors for residential construction, and another 18 for maximum SHGC, also for residential construction. The hope... more »
  • "I want a job like yours where I can get paid to write about what I did for my summer vacation," my son remarked. He was responding to my comments that I thought there were elements of Roman architecture, both ancient and medieval, that were relevant to today's development of U.S. building codes, and that I thought I would mention them in my next column for this magazine. We had just... more »
  • Many public comments submitted related to energy conservation
    The last opportunity to submit proposed revised language for the 2009 International Codes passed in June with the deadline for public comments. Comments were limited to those topics already addressed by code change proposals that were submitted in 2007 and heard during the International Code Council code development hearings in Palm Springs in February 2008. ICC received over 1,000 public... more »
  • In a recent cartoon, a mother first offered her daughter a T-shirt made out of recycled cotton, then her son sandals soled with recycled tire treads. The punch line was one sibling observing to the other that perhaps they should have been more specific when they told their mom they wanted to wear something green for St. Patrick's Day. These days it seems that everyone is jumping on the "... more »
  • Imagine you are sitting at home this evening and you hear the wind start to howl outside your door. You look out the window and see tree branches bending under the force of the wind. Your neighbor's trash can goes rolling on down the street. How you react to this might depend upon where you live. If you live in the Midwest, as I do, and the sky is sort of a funny shade of green, you head for the... more »
  • You have had an aneurysm break in the back of your brain, between your brain and your skull. We are going to send you to the University of Colorado Hospital, where they will treat you." I stared at the Denver airport paramedic who had said this to me, trying to absorb it. My first thought, of course, was, "I can't go to the hospital; I am going to miss my flight." They did send me... more »
  • If you have an ache in your belly, who do you go see—a family practitioner, a general practitioner or perhaps someone who specializes in gastroenterology or internal medicine. Medicine today has become so specialized that it is often difficult to know just who to call for help. And it is not uncommon for the recommendations of one specialist to conflict with the recommendations of another... more »